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“Je T’aime, I Love You Terminal,” screening this month at the Detroit Jewish Film Festival, is a cautionary tale about the dangers of indecision — that when we’re faced with two options, choosing neither is often worse than choosing the wrong one.
To a lesser extent, the film is about that terrifying period of early adulthood, when you’re tasked with the unpleasant business of figuring out who you are as a person — romantically, professionally, all of it. No life phase is more full of such permanent choices, and as scary as they are, the real peril is in not making them.
Ben, the film’s hero, is a guy plagued by indecision. He’s made it into his 30s by avoiding all of the decisions adults need to make to become adults: He never picked a career, so he lives off of his parents. A cloying narrator tells us that Ben could never decide between boys and girls, but aside from the occasional gay-bashing joke, there’s little evidence of it. And now he can’t decide between two women.