When an aspiring actress attempts to salvage what’s left of her non-existent career, woeful love life and replace the money she “borrowed” from a family friend, she’s swept up in a world of shady talent agents and low-level espionage.
Written, directed and starring Sarah Warren (as Julie Robert), there’s a warmth and familiarity within M.L.E that comes across through her numerous quirks and self-deprecating humour. Perhaps her Améilie’esque introduction is a little too on-the-nose, but as the plot unfurls and her situation becomes all the more chaotic, Julie becomes more endearing a character. Her fish out of water observations may verge on the cartoony when focused on the film industry but her astute quips regarding London and its inhabitants never failed to raise a smile.
While it is well framed, scripted and scored there is a noticeable shift in the quality of some performances that comes close to derailing one or two of the humorous scenes. Lighthearted and peppered with comedic sincerity, M.L.E. may not be bursting with belly-laughs but it will certainly keep you smiling throughout.
MLE (‘My Little Eye’) is based on a true story – Julie Robert, (nope, not Julia Roberts, as she corrects on a daily basis) is a broke actor who just lost her only gig. Stranded in a new country with her trouble-making friend Camila, and struggling to find a sane new agent, Julie finds herself taking on spy work from a strange family. What seems fun at first turns life belly-up for Julie (spy name, Emily) – the awkward, amateur spy.
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