Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000)
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Average Rating: 7.5/10
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Five seemingly unconnected lifelines intersect in the San Fernando Valley: Detective Kathy Farber arrives at a crime scene to find that the corpse is that of her old friend Carmen; Elaine battle her mother and waits for a male colleague to call; Rebecca finds out that she is pregnant, Rose develops a comedic obsession with her new neighbor; and Kathy's sister, Carol, speculates on what might have driven Carmen to suicide.
Jan 1, 2000 Wide
Dec 26, 2001
United Artists Films - Official Site
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If the stories sometimes use Creative Writing 101 devices (like a quasi-prophetic homeless woman), the total effect is as spare and haunting as the film's arid, beautifully shot setting.
A collection of five femme-oriented vignettes that are not intricately linked dramatically but overlap characters, this observant, emotionally acute drama is distinguished by a pronounced poetic sensibility in its writing and visual style.
Garcia excels at eliciting strong performances throughout and maintaining a consistent mood poised delicately between wry comedy and more serious contemplation of contemporary American female lives.
What does it say when a picture like Rodrigo Garcia's lovingly detailed Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, which won the first-time writer-director a prize at Cannes last year, doesn't make it to theaters in this country?
An imaginatively constructed soap-opera with a high-powered cast, this film follows several narrative threads, all involving unfulfilled Los Angeles women who find inner peace after learning there are worse things than loneliness.
I ignored the description of the movie and just went in knowing that Cameron Diaz was supposed to be amazing. I was not disappointed, in fact, I was pleasantly surprised.
Aplausos de pie. Hay tanto que ver y que decir en esta serie de historias, que merece no sólo una mirada, sino varias, y dignamente ganadas...
Unfortunately, the peaceful pacing turns out to be a bit of a drag by the halfway mark, making the movie seem longer than it actually is, and Garcia's natural lighting isn't always the most flattering.
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