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Directed by
Richard Linklater 
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Richard Linklater .... producer
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Richard Linklater 
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Richard Linklater 
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Eric Friend .... sound editor
Brecht Andersch .... thanks
Scott Christian .... thanks
Matt Crowley .... thanks
Lee Daniel .... thanks
Keith Dubois .... thanks
Hugh Gapet .... thanks
Timothy Rich Healy .... thanks
Diane Herrera .... thanks
Dick Krieger .... thanks
Denise Lablonde .... thanks
Eric Lord .... thanks
Kate Marohn .... thanks
Ann Meredith .... thanks
George Morris .... thanks
Jamie Ra Pickens .... thanks
Gary Price .... thanks
David Ray .... thanks
Ted Schiebold .... thanks
Suzanne Schope .... thanks
Beverly Sternberg .... thanks
Ann Torrez .... thanks
Jesse Torrez .... thanks
Tony Lee Towers .... thanks
Martha Wise .... thanks
Eric Wolfe .... thanks

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USA:85 min
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A great zen-like road picture, 1 September 2005
Author: rooksd from Canada

I enjoyed this laid-back self portrait of Richard Linklater. He shows "the artist as a young man": the viewer builds up a picture of the artist by seeing his private life which includes mundane things like cooking, doing laundry, talking on the phone. There are encounters with other people, but very little dialog. Linklater decides to travel, as he is confused about his goals. We watch him travel across the country in a train. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts however. One senses that the vision of this filmmaker includes an almost zen-like love of the moment, and of simple pleasures. One is able to sense Linklater's connection to life, to like-minded souls, to the small pleasures of life. The result is a relaxing but interesting journey into the mind and soul of a great filmmaker.

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