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My Josephine (2003)

Aadid tells us his life in seven minutes. He's an Arabic-speaking young man working the night shift at a laundromat and dry cleaners somewhere in the United States. In the aftermath of 9/11... See full summary »

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Aadid tells us his life in seven minutes. He's an Arabic-speaking young man working the night shift at a laundromat and dry cleaners somewhere in the United States. In the aftermath of 9/11, they wash U.S. flags for free. He says they get six or seven per day. He tells us about Napoleon's two wives: Marie Louise for an heir, Josephine for love. Aadid likes Adela, his co-worker. She's his Josephine. We watch Aadid and Adela hand wash the flags and put them in dryers. They fold them. They dance. They stand side by side outside the door of the laundromat looking at the dawn. Will this companionship become something more? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Director Barry Jenkins wrote this commentary for My Josephine (2003) on his Vimeo account: "My first short film, photography by James Laxton, as always. Still my favorite. Written shortly after 9/11, wasn't actually made for another year because of the way things shook out in school. Inspired by three things: the marquee of a Tallahassee laundromat shortly after 9/11 reading "American Flags Cleaned Free," an image in my head of two people sitting atop folding tables, and my housemate at the time being obsessed with Napoleon. We were very young men when we made this film." See more »

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Aadid: [voice over] Something that never touches the ground shouldn't be dirty...
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A poetic film!
8 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I watched this film from the DVD that comes with a screen writing book I bought from my local Kinokuniya bookstore.

It is my favorite amongst the films in the DVD.

The cinematography is superb.

The sound design and music is equally well crafted.

Above all, everything compliments the story perfectly.

It is a very simple but well-crafted story, and the film has a poetic touch to it, both visually and metaphorically.

It's a film you could watch over and over without getting bored.

If you can get a copy, I highly recommend you watch it.

It has to be 9 out of 10 for me!


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