Me & You & Everyone We Know

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Me & You & Everyone We Know Review


It probably helps a great deal that the wispy, flower-likeMiranda July appears in her own film, as her adorable, blue-eyed presencewarms what would have been a cold, quirky, Todd Solondz-like experiencein "Me and You and Everyone We Know."

Like a mini-"Short Cuts," the story follows severallost and lonely characters as they cross paths in funny, sad and sometimesdisturbing ways. A six year-old boy chats on an internet sex site, a manlights his hand on fire and a woman practically throws herself at him,not comprehending how dangerous or unhinged he may be. Yet none of thissets off any alarm bells, thanks to July's wide-eyed dreaminess and eternalhope.

A former performance artist and video maker, her featuredebut plays both with memorable visuals and lovingly written words. Fromthe opening sequence -- in which she records two voices for a potentialvideo art piece -- she raises our hopes and manages to keep them there.

July plays Christine, a video artist who falls for Richard(John Hawkes), a newly divorced father of two boys, one a teenager andthe other only six. Christine also drives an Elder Cab and becomes involvedwith some of her aged clients. Otherwise, we meet a couple of teenage girlsexperimenting with sex, Richard's African-American ex-wife, who alreadyhas a new boyfriend, and a lonely art museum curator.

I wouldn't go so far as to call this picture "sweet,"but it's definitely funny and appealing in an oddball way. One passageof dialogue, equating the length of a relationship to the length of a sidewalk,is better than any sequence in any recent Hollywood romantic comedy.



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Production compaines: IFC Films

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Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Christine Jesperson, as Richard Swersey, as Robby Swersey, as Peter Swersey, as Sylvie, as Andrew, as Heather, as Rebecca, Ellen Geer as Ellen, Colette Kilroy as Sylvie's Mom, James Kayten as Sylvie's Dad

Also starring: ,

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