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Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 4 October 2000 (France)
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Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented. In "This Is Dr. Keener", physician Elaine Keener is spending the day taking ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Rose (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Fantasies about Rebecca")
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Lilly (segment "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")
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Walter (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
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Robert (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca")
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Sam (segment "Love Waits For Kathy"
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Jay (segment "Someone For Rose")
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Albert (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
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Nancy (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca") (as Penny Allen)
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Debbie (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
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June (segments "Love Waits For Kathy" and "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")
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Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented. In "This Is Dr. Keener", physician Elaine Keener is spending the day taking care of her invalid mother at home on the nurse's day off. Elaine, a scientist, seeks confirmation on what may be a turning point issue in her life by an unconventional means, namely a tarot card reading. Although the news Elaine receives through the reading is a largely accurate assessment of her current life, it is the news about that crossroads issue that takes her somewhat aback. In "Fantasies About Rebecca", thirty-nine year old Rebecca Waynon is outwardly in control of her life, from her job as a bank manager to her personal long term relationship with older Robert. A homeless woman named Nancy who hangs around outside the bank seems to have a clearer picture of what is truly happening with Rebecca than Rebecca herself, as is witnessed by Rebecca's ultimate reaction to an action in dealing with... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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A Braille book that Carol Faber reads is "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez who happens to be the father of Rodrigo García, this film's director. See more »

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Nancy: Let me tell you about love. You don't ask, you give.
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crazy title - beautiful film
15 December 2006 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Writer/director Rodrigo Garcia's feature film debut "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" might have a jarring, if too long, title, but the son of Gabriel Garcia Marquez presents a passionate work of cinematic fiction. The film presents several short stories; snapshots of women at a crossroads. One story is of a doctor who has lost sight of spiritual meaning in her life, and has elicited the assistance of a tarot card reader to help her find her way. This card reader may assist people with getting through the future with clarity, but she has one foot in the past as she watches her girlfriend succumb to a debilitating disease.

Each story intersects and overlaps the others in unique and interesting ways. The all-star cast of female talent bring to their deliberately under drawn characters some of their strongest performances, especially Calista Flockhart (at the time, fresh from "Ally McBeal") who provides her psychic character with fairy-like innocence, Kathy Baker who brings good-natured humorous curiosity to a role that could have quickly become a sociopath stalker, and Holly Hunter in an understated performance as a bank owner who contemplates the ramifications of motherhood on her life.


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