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Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 4 October 2000 (France)
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Five California women struggle with personal problems as their own paths unwind in ways unexpected.

Director:

Rodrigo García

Writer:

Rodrigo García
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Dr. Elaine Keener (segments "This is Dr. Keener" and "Fantasies about Rebecca")
Cameron Diaz ... Carol Faber (segment "Love Waits For Kathy")
Calista Flockhart ... Christine Taylor (segments "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine" and "This is Dr. Keener")
Kathy Baker ... Rose (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Fantasies about Rebecca")
Amy Brenneman ... Detective Kathy Faber (segment "Love Waits For Kathy")
Valeria Golino ... Lilly (segment "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")
Holly Hunter ... Rebecca Waynon (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca")
Matt Craven ... Walter (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Gregory Hines ... Robert (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca")
Miguel Sandoval ... Sam (segment "Love Waits For Kathy"
Noah Fleiss ... Jay (segment "Someone For Rose")
Danny Woodburn ... Albert (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Penelope Allen ... Nancy (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca") (as Penny Allen)
Roma Maffia ... Debbie (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Mika Boorem ... June (segments "Love Waits For Kathy" and "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")
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Storyline

Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented. In "This Is Dr. Keener", physician Elaine Keener is spending the day taking care of her invalid mother at home on the nurse's day off. Elaine, a scientist, seeks confirmation on what may be a turning point issue in her life by an unconventional means, namely a tarot card reading. Although the news Elaine receives through the reading is a largely accurate assessment of her current life, it is the news about that crossroads issue that takes her somewhat aback. In "Fantasies About Rebecca", thirty-nine year old Rebecca Waynon is outwardly in control of her life, from her job as a bank manager to her personal long term relationship with older Robert. A homeless woman named Nancy who hangs around outside the bank seems to have a clearer picture of what is truly happening with Rebecca than Rebecca herself, as is witnessed by Rebecca's ultimate reaction to an action in dealing with... Written by Huggo

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Their faces only begin to tell the story. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A nő ötször See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,433,668
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A Braille book that Carol Faber reads is "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez who happens to be the father of Rodrigo García, this film's director. See more »

Quotes

Lilly: Look, the neighbors bought birds.
Christine Taylor: Canaries.
Lilly: How can you tell?
Christine Taylor: I can see them. Two males, probably.
Lilly: How do you know?
Christine Taylor: Only the males sing.
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That's what it's all about
3 February 2001 | by celso1See all my reviews

The greatest virtue of this movie resides in the close look the camera focuses on stories and characters. Slowly but relentlessly, humorous and cruel at the same time, it allows the time needed for seven wonderful actresses to reveal their most intimate and contradictory feelings, without relying exclusively on the dialogue. Thus, the stories really turn to be things you can tell about these women by just looking (attentively) at them.

And isn't watching carefully what a movie is about?

The result of this very "objective" look is the healthy absence of a moral, a trap writers tend to fall into when dealing with lesbian love, mortal diseases, abortion, loneliness, egotism, discrimination, etc.

It's been labeled by some as a "feminist" film, another often mistaken category into which films with women protagonists fall into. I believe it's far from being such. It should appeal to both sensitive and sensible men and women.


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