What Happened Was... (1994)
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Critic Reviews for What Happened Was...
This intense, mysterious drama about a date between two lonely misfits, is sensitively directed by Tom Noonan, better known as an actor; it was the surprise winner of the Grand Jury Prize of the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
Absorbing character-based drama that yields plenty of nuances and variations on its simple premise.
A darky amusing but sadly poignant look at dating and deception.
Brilliantly executed psychodrama about all the emotions that come to the fore in dating.
Audience Reviews for What Happened Was...
The date of lowered expectations leads to a nice film where Noonan just lets the camera roll and allows the characters to develop within their own private space. Nice.
"What Happened Was..." is perhaps one of the very best independent films I have ever seen. It's poignant, insightful, sweet, funny, and reminds us of how awkward getting to know someone at first truly is. Tom Noonan is an actor whose work as a director was unknown to me before this film, and here he exceeds in both categories. "What Happened Was..." ends more dramatically than I would have preferred, but it is a worthwhile and satisfying experience nonetheless. If dialogue-driven films are your thing, this one comes highly recommended.
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