Being in love in Gotham must be more interesting than anything characterized in the sophomoric “Being Claudine,” which reps some kind of nadir of that genre known as the talky New York indie movie. Though competently shot (on film, no less) and framed by helmer I-Fan Quirk, pic is quickly overtaken by an urge to let its sincere but dull characters chat away endlessly. The Shakespearean comedic anchoring device of mistaken identity drifts away in a lazy script by Quirk and star Justine Litchman. New York theatrical opening July 19 will be one of few for this spindly relationship pic.
Earnest thesp student Claudine (Litchman) is juggling her Bard training, dumb TV ad work and an airhead German b.f.-model named Hans (James Bowman), but stumbles when it comes to co-student Jack (Musashi Alexander). With Hans out of town on work, Jack seems to become more enticing, but Claudine’s roommate Violet (Jordan Cael) mistakenly picks up signs that Jack is gay, leading to inevitable complications. Constant talk would be less of a problem if line readings weren’t so relentlessly wooden.