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A woman misses her train and buys lunch in a café. When she returns to her table, a man is eating her salad. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Adam Davidson 
Writing credits
Adam Davidson (a film by)

Produced by
Garth Stein .... co-producer
Original Music by
Thomas Cabaniss 
Cinematography by
Anghel Decca 
Art Direction by
Claudia Mohr 
Sound Department
Stuart Emanuel .... sound editor
Mark Paperno .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jess V. Carpenter .... first assistant camera (as Jess Carpenter)
James Frommel .... gaffer
Greg Mottola .... grip
Ben Wolf .... key grip
Other crew
Giuseppina DiRaimondo .... script supervisor


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USA:12 min
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Selected to the National Film Registry in 2013.See more »
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Fabulous film which can be found on Cinema 16: American Short Films DVD!, 11 November 2007
Author: charris7-1 from United States

I absolutely love this film. It really points out stereotypes that we all hold. I spent considerable time trying to locate a copy of this outstanding film. I finally found it on a DVD collection entitled Cinema 16: American Short Films. It has been well worth the search and the cost. I use it in my classroom to prompt discussions about stereotypes. I have my students watch it first from the point of view of the main character, the woman who has missed her train. I have them record their thoughts and perceptions from her point of view. I stop the film as she leaves the diner to catch her train. This is when I have my students share their thoughts. I then have them finish watching the story. Are they ever surprised! After this, I have them watch it from the perspective of the man eating the salad. After sharing their thoughts from his point of view, we discuss stereotypes. My students really enjoy this outstanding short story. The message contained in this short film is incredible.

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