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Sue (as Anna Thomson)
Matthew Powers ...
Ben
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Lola
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Linda
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Larry
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Eddie
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Sven
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Willie
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Bob
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Man in Gallery
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Lisa
Susan Huffaker ...
Young Mother
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Stanley
Lázaro Pérez ...
Pedro / Phil
Joshua Kaplan ...
Sydney
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An unemployed ex-office worker (Anna Thomson) searching for work floats a fragile line of sanity as she struggles to find friendship and companionship. Her tenuous grasp on reality further fluctuates when a man (Matthew Powers) whom she met in a restaurant and started an affair is called to go to India for an assignment. The final straw occurs when she is evicted and moves into a sleazy hotel. She then starts seeking casual sex in unorthodox locations just to have human contact. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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10 September 1998 (Germany)  »

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$5,376 (USA) (20 November 1998)

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$54,585 (USA) (7 July 2000)
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downward spiral
20 June 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film was made with sincere intentions, but I feel that characters in similar predicaments have been portrayed more eloquently and more realistically in other films. Sue is obviously influenced by the films of John Cassavettes, but fails to achieve the same poignancy.

The film is a hodgepodge of scenes where the title character, a severely depressed woman, finds herself having quirky interactions with the people she encounters. Sometimes she initiates these interactions, sometimes others are drawn to her and sometimes they just seem contrived to keep things going. The pacing of her decline seems a bit off and just when something develops for the better, the story takes another dip to ensure its procession towards tragedy. We are never clued in on the origin of this woman's condition or given other details of her background, as though it's sufficient to witness her daily trials and shake our heads at how unfortunate things are. I would have liked more profundity in some of her relationships in place of the forgettable scenes with the ditzy so-called writer (from Minnesota, but with a NY accent) and the cliché street-tough girl.


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