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Somewhere in the City (1998)

The film portrays life of New York City's Lower East Side inhabitants. Introvert therapist Betty is befriended with Chinese immigrant Lu Lu, leftist radical Che is also Lu Lu's friend. ... See full summary »

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Betty
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Marta
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Frankie
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Graham
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Lu Lu
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Che
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Brigitte
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Television Producer
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Justin
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Molly, Texas Acting Student
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Henry
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Larry
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2-Kool
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Brain
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The film portrays life of New York City's Lower East Side inhabitants. Introvert therapist Betty is befriended with Chinese immigrant Lu Lu, leftist radical Che is also Lu Lu's friend. Italian immigrant and wife of supervisor of building where they all live, Marta, is having an affair with her neighbour Frankie who likes scams. One of his scams goes terribly wrong. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and for brief drug use
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18 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Em Algum Lugar da Cidade  »

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$7,016 (USA) (18 September 1998)

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$7,016 (USA) (18 September 1998)
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What a surprise!
17 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I put this film in the queue on a whim after a recent trip to NYC, and I couldn't believe I'd never heard of it anywhere! It has all the makings of a cult classic, starting with the characters. They are archetypal roles we recognize from every stretch of daily life, but were so nuanced and fully realized by the actors playing them (Peter Stormare and Bai Ling's performances were particularly strong). Their interactions are poignant and grounded while at the same time brimming with a subtle, quirky humor that is (sadly) all too rare in American films these days. Writer/director Ramin Niami does a beautiful job of weaving these scenes together into a funny and moving portrait of a city of the past. Highly recommended!


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