I was intrigued by Birthday Girl when I first saw it advertised, but I wasn’t sure if it would really be any good, so I didn’t see it in the theaters. I did rent it recently, though, and I liked what I saw.

Nicole Kidman was haunting as a Russian woman who speaks no English when she arrives in England to meet Ben Chaplin’s complacent and sweetly foolish Englishman.

Birthday Girl was dark, funny, and had a bit of a twist in the end. It’s not the most profound cinematic experience ever, but a solid piece of entertainment. I didn’t quite expect the depth of entaglement that resulted, but it was a nice surprise.

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