Spring Broke • 9m 53s
A lonely insurance adjuster in Florida becomes consumed by his desire to meet his internet girlfriend, who claims to be a princess from a faraway country. Blair Waters directs “Princess Rita,” a uniquely realized portrait of an odd man dreaming of a new life. While composing a series of love letters, Alan goes about his days, an endless cycle of damaged properties, cheap hotel rooms, and gas station food (he eats snack cakes for lunch to save money to send Rita). His behavior worries those around him. His daughter sends him articles on dating scams; his neighbors avoid pleas to borrow money. But Alan never doubts the veracity of the woman from across the sea, always on to the next stage of correspondence until the time finally comes to make it official. Waters’ film achieves an interesting effect holding tight to Alan’s perspective — both endearing and unsettling — and leaves an indelible impression with vivid Florida textures alternating between mundane and picturesque.
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