Paper Heart

Nick Jasenovec, USA 2009, 88’

What is love after the sexual revolution, in an age of internet and speed dating, one-night stands, instant marriage and easy divorce? Is the idea of romantic love, as depicted by poets, authors, and Hollywood films, at all possible, or is it an ethereal fantasy, a utopian delusion of the collective conscious, which has little to do with reality? Screenwriter Charlyne Yi is 20 years old and claims not to believe in love because her own experiences contradict the pop-culture myth. Charlene’s object of desire is actor Michael Cera (star of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, from our Highlights section). She takes on investigating love, which is by definition indefinable, with her friend and director, Nick Jasenovec. Their project is a documentary road film where Charlyne interviews friends, random people, scientists, fortunetellers, visits biker dive bars, and seeks advice from couples together their entire lives and from romance novel authors. She wants to know what true love is and is it possible? During her research, she meets a guy and, for the sake of science, agrees to become an experimental bunny for ‘project heart’ and have the camera follow her on dates. Paper Heart is a thought provoking hybrid of a documentary and classic love story.

Ewa Szabłowska


Sundance FF 2009 – Waldo Salt screenwriting award

Nick Jasenovec

Born in Phoenix. Paper Heart is his first feature-length film, and it premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Jasenovec began his career early in high school, where he began taking film classes at Scottsdale Community College. He has written and directed numerous short films.

Selected filmography

2004 Sounds Good to Me: Remastering the Sting (kr. m. / short)

2009 Papierowe serce / Paper Heart

2010 Para Fuera (dok., kr. m. / doc., short)

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Cast & Crew

director Nick Jasenovec
screenplay Nick Jesenovec, Charlyne Yi
cinematography Jay Hunter
editing Ryan Brown
music Michael Cera, Charlyne Yi
cast Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake M. Johnson, Gill Summers, Martin Starr, Seth Rogen, Demetri Martin
producer Sandra Murillo
production Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Paper Heart Productions
sales Overture Films
language English
coloration colour
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