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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)

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A nameless young character goes into travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers as well, having banal conversations, dedicating his existence into daily mundane ... See full summary »

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James Goodwin
Dan Kratochvil ...
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Linda Finney
Tracy Crabtree
Linda Levine
Lisa Schiebold
Erin McAfee
D. Montgomery
Scott Van Horn
Daniel Johnston
Tammy Gomez
Keith McCormack
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A nameless young character goes into travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers as well, having banal conversations, dedicating his existence into daily mundane activities. Richard Linklater presents an unconventional narrative, barely composed of dialogue and consisting in observing life and actions. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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The scene where Richard Linklater leaves a note for the sleeping woman is not staged. While waiting for their respective departures, the woman actually fell asleep and Linklater filmed his writing of the goodbye note before he left. In the audio commentary, Linklater admitted to wondering what became of her since. See more »

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Instead of listing the names of several family members featured in the film, it instead reads "Various Family" during the end credits. See more »

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Only for fans, but worthwhile for fans
13 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's pretty much a guarantee that only dedicated Linklater fans are going to see this, since it's only available as part of Criterion's $35 Slacker package. That being said, it's a pretty interesting picture. It is obviously inspired by Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger than Paradise," also a film about the prevalence of verbal miscommunication, and is better than that film. Linklater makes it clear that he is allowing the audiences to make their own assumptions about the story and character(s), in that he uses long takes and focuses on action that is unrelated to the "narrative" of the picture. It ultimately is a reaffirmation of the deep-seatedness of Linklater's experimental nature, and while not exactly entertaining, is a worthwhile sign of things to come.


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