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Charlotte Sometimes (film)

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Director  Eric Byler
Initial DVD release  September 30, 2003
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Budget  80,000 USD
Country  United States
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Language  English Japanese Chinese
Release date  March 11, 2002 (2002-03-11) (SXSW)
Writer  Eric Byler (screenplay), Eric Byler (story), Jeff Liu (story)
Cast  Jacqueline Kim (Darcy / Charlotte), Eugenia Yuan (Lori), Michael Aki (Michael), Matt Westmore (Justin), Shizuko Hoshi (Aunt), Kimberly-Rose Wolter (Annie)
Similar movies  The Mother and the Whore (1973)
Tagline  Sometimes the truth is in the lie.

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Charlotte Sometimes is a 2002 film written, directed, and produced by Eric Byler.


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The title is taken from the song Charlotte Sometimes by The Cure, which in turn is based on the book Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer.


The film is a "mysterious and erotic" romance, exploring the kinds of love for which there are no names or clear arrangements.

Michael (Michael Idemoto) is a reclusive auto mechanic captivated by a woman known as Charlotte or Darcy (Jacqueline Kim). She is an enigmatic drifter. Lori (Eugenia Yuan) is Michael’s tenant and best friend. Lori has a live-in boyfriend, Justin (Matt Westmore), but may hold the key to Michael’s heart.

When the two women in Michael’s life meet face to face, Michael is forced to choose between a daring tryst with an alluring stranger, and the habitual comfort of his bittersweet obsession.


  • Michael Idemoto - Michael
  • Eugenia Yuan - Lori
  • Matt Westmore - Justin
  • Jacqueline Kim - Charlotte/Darcy
  • Kimberly-Rose Wolter - Kakela
  • Shizuko Hoshi – Aunt
  • Awards and nominations

  • Won the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival
  • Won Best Picture at the San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • Won the Special Jury Prize at the Florida International Film Festival
  • Nominated for two 2003 Independent Spirit Awards: The John Cassavetes Award (Best First Feature under $500,000), and Best Supporting Female (Jacqueline Kim)
  • Featured in the 2003 Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival. After the film's showing, he interviewed director Byler, executive producer John Bard Manulis, and cast members Idemoto and Kim
  • Music

    Cody ChesnuTT appears as himself in the film, performing on stage, and several of his songs are featured in the soundtrack.

    The film score was written by composer Michael Brook, who was also the film score composer for An Inconvenient Truth . Brook also scored Eric Bayler's films Tre, Americanese, and 9500 Liberty.


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