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17 September 1999 (Italy) See more »
A chance encounter alters a teenage girl's perception of herself and her outlook on life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Lisanne Skyler 
Writing credits
Joyce Carol Oates (stories from Heat)

Lisanne Skyler (screenplay) and
Tristine Skyler (screenplay)

Produced by
Roger Baerwolf .... co-producer
Larry Estes .... executive producer
Laura Gabbert .... producer
George LaVoo .... producer
Per Melita .... line producer
Scott M. Rosenfelt .... executive producer (as Scott Rosenfelt)
David Skinner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Brook 
Scooter Pietsch 
Cinematography by
Jim Denault 
Film Editing by
Julie Janata 
Anthony Sherin 
Casting by
Jordan Beswick 
Production Design by
Jody Asnes 
Art Direction by
Katherine L. Spencer 
Set Decoration by
Brian Elwell 
Costume Design by
Astrid Brucker 
Makeup Department
Susan Reilly LeHane .... makeup artist (as Susan Reilly)
Production Management
Per Melita .... production manager
Scott Schaffer .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Lerman .... first assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... second second assistant director (as Michael Moffa)
Peter Thorell .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound
Tim Kimmel .... sound effects editor
Jon Mete .... supervising sound editor
Carey Milbradt .... sound editor
Rick Owens .... foley artist
David Ryan .... second boom operator
Jose Torres .... sound recordist: second unit
Brian Hite .... stunt coordinator
Brian Smyj .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harges .... grip
Scott Miller .... gaffer
Franz Wise .... electrician
Music Department
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor (as David Jordan)
Other crew
Blake Busby .... graphic artist: titles
Petra Hoebel .... location manager
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor
Melody M. .... production coordinator
John Michael Sudol .... key set production assistant
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Luis Perez .... choreographer
Joice Stewart .... production accountant
Sol Tryon .... production assistant
Sara Tune .... production assistant
Allison Abrams .... stand-in (uncredited)
James With .... stand-in (uncredited)
Stephen Dickstein .... special thanks
Steven Gorelick .... special thanks
David W. Schoner Jr. .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Getting to Know All About You" - USA (alternative title)
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96 min
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The movie Dreamland, also directed by Lisanne Skyler, appears on a cinema marquee.See more »


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Matarazzo shines in Lisanne Skyler's labour of love, 12 August 2001
Author: simon_sparrow ( from London, UK

It is obvious that director Lisanne Skyler has tremendous respect for the writings of Joyce Carol Oates. She weaves several stories together in this intriguingly conceived film about lost souls meeting in a bus station. Heather Matarazzo follows up her amazing performance in Welcome To The Doll House with a more measured, but nonetheless brilliant, essay of a displaced teen trying to make sense of what is left from her life.

Zach Braff is phenomenal in the confined role of her brainy and equally depressed brother. Bebe Neuwirth also shines as their mother, Trixie. Only Mark Blum as the father seems badly miscast.

Bo Hopkins does a wonderful supporting turn as a security guard, and Chris Noth and Celia Weston also bring great panache to their supporting characters. Skyler does a masterful job weaving the different stories and diverse characters into her quilt in the first 60% of the film. However, the pacing slows down considerably and her directorial rhythm falters when she focuses solely on the narrative explaining the siblings' predicament which quickly decays into a study of repetition.

However, viewers who persevere will be rewarded. Upon returning to the bus terminal, the characterizations are bestowed dimension in quite skillful and unexpected manners.

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