Lullaby for Pi: A vintage Love Story for the Hopeless

Have you ever wanted to lock yourself inside your bathroom and just lie on the warm tiles until the world stops spinning? Then you are going to enjoy the hell out of Lullaby for Pi, an independent romantic drama starring Homeland’s Rupert Friend and Clémense Poésy from In Bruges. Trust me when I say that if you’re feeling sad, this understated love story between two tortured artists will give you hope.

Lullaby for Pi (2010): Directed by Benoît Philippon; running-time 1h 38mins.; starring Clémense Poésy (In Bruges, Harry Potter), Rupert Friend (Homeland, The Young Victoria), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler).

What’s it about? Two tortured artists with mysterious pasts start to form a delicate but meaningful connection through the closed bathroom door of a french motel room.

What’s it really about? Mending one’s heart and starting over

Pick if:

  • You’re looking for something romantic: Lullaby for Pi is a vintage love story that is perfect for watching on your own. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend watching it in the   company of others because the storytelling is very quiet and understated and it is easy to miss the nuances of Sam and Pi’s relationship if you aren’t fully committed to what is happening on screen
  • You enjoy minimalistic films: Lullaby for Pi is stripped back, as it doesn’t employ a large cast of actors and uses only few sets, all of which are small and have a cozy and deeply intimate feel to them
  • You need a film that will give you hope – whatever your deal is
  • You don’t mind the hipster lifestyle. Sam is one of those brooding poet types who walk around looking like they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders and he dresses the part: oversized suits where the shirt isn’t tucked in and the tie is missing but he’s wearing a pretentious hat to make up for it. Moreover, he is a jazz pianist who hangs out in vintage book stores by day and smoky french bars at night. But don’t be alarmed: he may be a walking cliché, but he is still likeable
  • You’re in need of a girlcrush: how could you not love Clémense Poésy? She is just so damn cute!

Most memorable quote: I don`t want you to talk. I don`t wanna talk. I`d just like to
hear your voice. No words. Just a sound. Just to know I`m not alone.

Most memorable scene: Sam comes home to find Pi has locked herself inside his bathroom once again. Although he is desperate to talk to her face to face, he respects her wishes and the two of them bond over a series of activities and conversations through the closed bathroom door.

Magic Music Moment: Pi goes to the bar where Sam plays and hears him perform the song she inspired which moves her to tears.

Where do I know him from? Rupert Friend, born Oct 1, 1981 in Oxfordshire, England.

  • Joe Wright’s adaptation of Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley. He played Mr. Wickham i.e. the selfish bastard who tricks Lizzie’s sister into marrying him! Fun fact: Rupert and Keira used to go out for a while after meeting on set
  • The Young Victoria where he brilliantly plays a young Prince Albert who is trying to win the hand of the famed English queen. It’s incredibly romantic. His last lines always make me sob uncontrollably
  • Homeland where he plays Claire Danes’ colleague and re-bound, Peter Quinn
  • To write love on her arms  

Where can I watch? Unfortunately, this is one of those lesser known films you can’t find on most streaming services. I’ve looked, but the only place it seems to be available is Amazon where you can either rent or buy it.

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