A story about chance encounters, psychoanalytic excuses and one woman's struggle to make a commitment, Puccini for Beginners is a sophisticated screwball sex comedy.
Allegra loves Samantha. But she won't say so. Grace loves Philip but he won't marry her. Samantha leaves Allegra. Allegra meets Philip. Philip leaves Grace. Allegra falls for Philip. Allegra meets Grace. Grace falls for Allegra. Allegra falls for Grace. Allegra sees Philip and Grace simultaneously and has no idea they're exes. Confused yet?
That's part of the effervescent and romantic charm of the second film from director Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love), which defies being catogorized by its fluid sexualities and focuses its lens on the delicious confusion of love.