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What Happened Was... (1994)

This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner ... See full summary »

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This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner one night. As this 'first date' plays out, the audience is guided through a mental minefield of disappointment, desolation, and desperation. Their conversation, with its awkward 'small talk', slowly reveals their unhappy lives.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Tom Noonan's directal debut of a full length feature film. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 13 April 1996 (1996) See more »

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Voices Carry
Written by Michael Hausman, Joseph Pesce and Aimee Mann
Performed by 'Til Tuesday
Published by Intersong, USA
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a fresh reworking of a familiar theme
10 January 1999 | by (sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Essentially a one act play about the pathos in the meeting of two lonely, damaged people who can't communicate their feelings and intentions, this character study reminds you of the most disturbed Woody Allen personas, and Brando's character in "Last Tango in Paris"- narcissistic, haunted by the past and continually oscillating between isolation and the desire that someone will rescue them from deep seated shame. Unpretentious, tense and compelling, "W.H.W" never lapses into sentimentality, and seems more focused than comparable more recent films such as "Heavy". It succeeds because of its sensitive treatment of a difficult subject.


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