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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Fantasies about Rebecca")
Lilly (segment "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")
Walter (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Robert (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca")
Sam (segment "Love Waits For Kathy"
Jay (segment "Someone For Rose")
Albert (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Nancy (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca") (as Penny Allen)
Debbie (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
June (segments "Love Waits For Kathy" and "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")


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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Also Known As:

A nő ötször  »

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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 »


Carol: God says to Adam, "Adam, I have something for you, but it's gonna cost you an arm and a leg." Adam thinks for a moment, then decides, "What can you give me for a rib?"
Kathy: That's funny. Where'd you hear it?
Carol: From the Bible.
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Pretty good as an acting recital
21 June 2005 | by (Across the bay from San Francisco) – See all my reviews

"Hanging in thin air" says it about as well as I can.

There weren't enough points of connection between the stories to keep that part of it interesting. Each story trailed off to an ambiguous and inconclusive segue in to the next. Some of these were tied together later, though.

I've heard the same things said about the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

However, the cast did a fine job with a dubious script.

My favorites: Glenn Close, Kathy Baker, Holly Hunter, Amy Brenneman, Danny Woodburn. Oh well, Cameron Diaz, too.

Matt Craven was wonderfully smarmy, although it wasn't quite believable that any woman, even a blind one, couldn't spot that at 100 paces away.

p.s. Paul is right, it's not strictly a chick flick. It speaks to men as well, to the extent that it finds its voice.

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