Thirteen Conversations About One Thing


Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)


Critic Consensus: Thirteen Conversations About One Thing is an intelligent and poignant look at lives intersecting.


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A group of people live their separate lives, unaware of the subtle interconnections that bring them together. There's a cocky attorney who becomes a fugitive following a hit-and-run incident, a math professor whose wife is the victim of a mugging, an insurance company manager troubled by his ex-wife and delinquent son, and a young woman convalescing after a car accident.

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Clea DuVall
as Beatrice
Amy Irving
as Patricia
Joseph Siravo
as Bureau Chief
A.D. Miles
as Co-Worker
Sig Libowitz
as Assistant Attorney
James Yaegashi
as Legal Assistant
Dion Graham
as Defense Attorney
Fernando Lopez
as Defendant
Paul Austin
as Bartender
Allie Woods Jr.
as Cab Driver
Rob McElhenney
as Aspiring Medical Student
Avery Glymph
as Intelligent Student
Elizabeth Reaser
as Young Woman in Class
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Student Teacher
Tia Texada
as Dorrie
Peggy Gormly
as Bea's Mother
Malcolm Gets
as The Architect
Miles Thompson
as Neighborhood Boy
Frankie Faison
as Dick Lacey
William Wise
as Wade Bowman
Shawn Elliott
as Mickey Wheeler
Alex Burns
as Ronnie
James Murtaugh
as Lew Kincannon
Richard E. Council
as Del Strickland
Charlie Schroeder
as Young Finance Manager
Robert Colston
as Sales Manager
Gammy Singer
as Gene's Secretary
Melissa Maxwell
as Del's Receptionist
Eliza Pryor Nagel
as Ronnie's Roommate
Jeff Robins
as Freeloader
Victor Truro
as Coffee Shop Counterman
Paul Klementowicz
as Public Defender
Peter McCabe
as Court Clerk
Christian Pabon
as Teenager on Subway
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Critic Reviews for Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (29)

This intelligent, engaging indie introduces very human characters, with seemingly unconnected lives, whose paths cross.

Mar 27, 2009
Top Critic

It's entertaining, well-written, slice-of-life stuff, but I'd rather spend 90 minutes with one of these stories than flit between several in a manner that does little to illuminate any of them.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Resonates with intelligence and a poignancy.

Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Without getting grand or preachy, the Sprechers use an unconventional approach to coax us into asking ourselves fundamental questions.

Jul 11, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Often messy and frustrating, but very pleasing at its best moments, it's very much like life itself.

Jul 10, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Smart, serious and deftly composed.

Jul 5, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Thirteen Conversations About One Thing


13 Conversations is an interesting little film. It is neatly filmed with solid acting to the extent that I wonder why I don't find myself rating it higher. Thinking about it, I believe my disappointment is because I had expected that a movie about happiness would be more emotional and more optimistic. Instead, the overall vibe is bittersweet and a bit heavy on the bitter part.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

Super Reviewer


Several intertwining stories in this elegant confusion of an ensemble piece of a small film about THE MEANING OF LIFE (only w/o the capital letters). Excellent performances abound.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

One of those intertwining ensemble stories that almost makes it but not quite. The titular "one thing" isn't always clear. It could be several things: fortune, happiness, love, guilt, faith, trust, fate, coincidence, et cetera. All the individual stories are really quite beautiful though, with moments of deep elation and moments of inexplicable grief.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Definitely an intelligent film. It's not for everybody, though. It's not the most entertaining movie I've ever seen. Eccentric, and at times confusing. Rather slow.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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