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Starring: John Hawkes, Miranda July, Miles Thompson, Brandon Ratcliff, Carlie Westerman, Hector Elias
Director: Miranda July
Rating: NC-16 (Sexual References)
Year Made: 2005








Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 31 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar Entertainment




Me and You and Everyone We Know is a poetic and penetrating observation of how people struggle to connect with one another in an isolating and contemporary world. Christine Jesperson is a lonely artist and "Eldercab" driver who uses her fantastical artistic visions to draw her aspirations and objects of desire closer to her. Richard Swersey (John Hawkes), a newly single shoe salesman and father of two boys, is prepared for amazing things to happen. But when he meets the captivating Christine, he panics. Life is not so oblique for Richard's seven-year-old Robby, who is having a risqué internet romance with a stranger, and his fourteen-year-old brother Peter who becomes the guinea pig for neighborhood girls - practicing for their future of romance and marriage.

In July's modern world, the mundane is transcendent and everyday people become radiant characters who speak their innermost thoughts, act on secret impulses, and experience truthful human moments that at times approach the surreal. They seek together-ness through tortured routes and find redemption in small moments that connect them to someone else on earth.


Me and You and Everyone We Know is a lesson for tortured souls out there trying to make some dark despondent show on urban alienation/social disconnectedness and growing-up pangs. Yes, this is directed at budding local filmmakers who are crouching in their gloomy bedrooms right now trying to despair their way to another Be with Me or Smell the Rain. Just like movie titles can actually be longer than three words, there are many ways to skin a cat and shoot a story with desolate themes.

In writer/director/actor/solo-performance artist Miranda July’s first feature offering, she plays a weird solo-performance artist Christine who chauffeurs old folks, such as Michael (Hector Elias) and Ellen (Ellen Geer), around to make a living. During a trip to the shoe store, she met with jumpy spaced-out shoe salesman Richard (John Hawkes) and inexplicably falls for him. Richard, however, is carrying some emotional baggage after separating from his wife and trying to cope with raising two potentially libidinous kids, Peter (Miles Thompson) and the enchanting Robby (Brandon Ratcliff). They have just moved into a new neighbourhood with libidinous girls Heather and Rebecca, as well as the Dakota Fanning of the precinct, Sylvie (Carlie Westerman). Sulking in the local centre of the arts is Nancy Herrington (Tracy Wright), the socially isolated centre director.

Within the suburbia context, Ms July weaves a whimsical fable about hope and the passage of time. In her world, Sylvie, Christine, Heather/Rebecca, Nancy and Ellen are vignettes of the woman in different stages of her life. Sylvie the woman-child has great plans for her future, stowed away in her hope chest, the trousseau. Heather/Rebecca represents the sexually awkward stage of life for many girls. Christine yearns for a story-book romance, much like the performance work at the beginning of the movie which involves the setting sun and two lovers looking out over a beach. Nancy, the mature successful interpreter of art, is lonely and out of sorts, trying to seek solace in internet sex chat. Ellen, at a ripe old age, is still attractive, but meets a man who truly loves her too late in life.

The males, unfortunately, are thoroughly stranded in disconnection and isolation. The Swersey brothers show a longing for interaction with other people, to the mes and yous and everyones they know. Richard is the struggling love interest who is not comfortable in his current role as a separated lover and an uncommunicative father. Seventy year-old Michael has traveled the world, but he is unable to share the same experiences with the only woman he loved.

Me and You is a story constructed on revealing dialogues that normal people usually do not say, but think about sometimes. The interaction of these characters, thoroughly well-played by every actor, drives the story which is a capricious take on life that moves without you knowing why. This film can be made disturbing and depressing, but Ms July chooses another way. For breaking out of the mold and telling a story of alienation and pain so magically, she deserves our respect.

The final scene of the movie, when Robby strikes a coin against a metal post while the sun rises, is illustrative of the grand theme in the movie. Life may suck now, but if you hold on and hold on, you will see the light one day. Because one day everything will fall into place.


Director of Photography Chuy Chavez uses a bland pastel palette for much of the film, setting the stage for the characters’ inner world to shine through. This is especially so for the luminous blue-eyed Miranda July, whose character gets to wear all the bright colors. Talk about the director’s rights. All these elements were very well-presented in the DVD.


Mike Andrews leverages on the playful quality of the film with some tinkling captivating tunes, so reminiscent of American Beauty, to set up an upbeat but quirky feel. This film is offered in English Dolby Digital 5.1.


Festival films do not need special features. Alternatively, you can check out their official website at http://www.meandyoumovie.com/



Review by Lim Mun Pong



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This review is made possible with the kind support from Comstar


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