Posey has one of her most dramatic roles yet as Nora Wilder, a cynical 30-something single living in Manhattan. The closest she's come to a successful long term relationship is the marriage of her two friends ("Sweet Land" star Tim Guinee and Drea de Matteo of "The Sopranos") whom she introduced to each other. Nora hopes her unlucky love streak has come to an end when she meets charming Frenchman Julien (Melvil Poupaud).
Fortunately, "Broken English" rests on Posey's assured shoulders and the actress carries the film with a low-key, naturalistic turn. There's not much room for the comedic skills she's best known for (especially in Christopher Guest's films "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show") but the serious change of pace suits her.
Her royal reputation remains secure.