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Happy Here and Now -- Michael Almereyda's haunting drama of a woman in search of her missing sister. Set in New Orleans, this technological thriller features David Arquette and Ally Sheedy.
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When an unhappy young woman disappears, her worried sister desperately searches the internet for a clue to her missing sibling's whereabouts. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Karl Geary ... Eddie Mars / Tom

Shalom Harlow ... Muriel

Clarence Williams III ... Bill

Ally Sheedy ... Lois
Josephine Martin ... Josephine

Gloria Reuben ... Hannah

Liane Balaban ... Amelia

David Arquette ... Eddie
Isabel Gillies ... Isabel
Quintron ... Quintron
Nic Ratner ... Peter
John Sinclair ... Himself
Ernie K-Doe ... Himself
Antoinette K-Doe ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Larry Fessenden ... Clifton
Kyle Jason Louque ... Police Officer
Shelley Poncey ... Carla

Chad Rose ... Fire captain

Billy Slaughter ... Napoleon Bonaparte

Directed by
Michael Almereyda 
Writing credits
Michael Almereyda (written by)

Produced by
David Arquette .... associate producer
Holly Becker .... executive producer
Callum Greene .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Anthony Katagas .... producer
Edith Dupré LeBlanc .... associate producer
Jonathan Manzo .... line producer: additional photography
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Julyan 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Herron 
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
Casting by
Lina Todd 
Production Design by
Leonard R. Spears 
Art Direction by
Dan Adams 
Costume Design by
Marco Cattoretti 
Luca Mosca 
Makeup Department
Allison Gordin .... key makeup artist
Lisa Lambert .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Alissa M. Kantrow .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott August .... second assistant director
James Roque .... first assistant director
Sol Tryon .... second assistant director: second unit
Jimi Woods .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Kristin Bicksler .... property master (as Kristen Bicksler)
Gail Briant .... lead scenic/signwriter
Cleta Elaine Ellington .... assistant property master (as Cleta Ellington)
Sidney J. Lambert .... art department coordinator
Vince Le Blanc .... lead man
Eric William Pierson .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jimmy 'Coach' Armstrong .... boom operator
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Jesse Ehredt .... assistant studio engineer
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
Coril Joseph .... additional boom operator
George A. Lara .... foley engineer (as George Lara)
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Kim McCord)
Todd Milner .... supervising sound editor
Jamie Morris .... assistant sound editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Nicholas Renbeck .... dialogue editor
Tyler Stephens .... additional boom operator
Philip Stockton .... dialogue editor
Noah Timan .... sound mixer
Jeffrey Haupt .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects
Andrea Swistak .... special effects technician
Harry Harris III .... stunt coordinator
Chad Rose .... stunt performer
Terence Rosemore .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Bergeron .... camera production assistant
Rodney Chauvin .... additional camera operator
Sean Finnegan .... gaffer
Matthew Gaumer .... second assistant camera (as Matt Gaumer)
Jason Goodowens .... key grip
Jonathan Herron .... Steadicam operator
Jonathan Herron .... camera operator
Lavelle Higgins .... best boy electric
R. Scott Lebell .... electrician (as Scott Lebell)
Lisa Lengyel .... additional second assistant camera
Ian Lynch .... assistant camera
Steven C. O'Neill .... grip
Mark Toups .... grip
Ron Travisano .... additional assistant camera
Ron Travisano .... additional photographer
Ron Travisano .... assistant camera
Lynda Vincent .... additional second assistant camera
Casting Department
Nicole Wohl .... casting associate: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dana Embree .... assistant costume designer
Dana Embree .... costumer
Dena Matranga .... set costumer
Eden Miller .... assistant costume designer: New York
Mariana Vera .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Julie Carr .... assistant editor
Chris Patterson .... first assistant editor
Angelo Russo .... color timer
Music Department
James Flatto .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Martyn Harry .... music arranger
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Steve Orchard .... music mix engineer
Bruce White .... viola
Other crew
Tessa Brophy .... co-production coordinator
Batou Chandler .... production coordinator
Andrei Codrescu .... story consultant
Michael Hartel .... production assistant
Ashley Haspel .... assistant location manager
Harmon Kaslow .... production legal
David Ross McCarty .... location manager (as David McCarty)
Brian Pitt .... unit production assistant
Terence Rosemore .... cast assistant
Holly Unterberger .... script supervisor

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Rated R for some language
89 min
Sound Mix:
USA:R | USA:TV-14 (cable rating)


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Not an easy movie to watch, but try it, 18 January 2013
Author: rooprect from New York City

I loved this movie, but I can see how a lot of people would find it unfulfilling, if not disappointing. It doesn't have a wow-bam plot like we've come to expect from Hollywood films. It leads you to expect one, but instead it pulls a fast one and leaves you with a complex message much deeper than the story.

If you're a fan of the European masters Wim Wenders ("Lisbon Story"), Krzysztof Kieślowski ("The Double Life of Veronique"), or even some works of Robert Altman ("Short Cuts"), then you'll really like this. I'll even throw in Vincent Gallo ("Brown Bunny"), Darren Aronofsky ("Pi") and Rebecca Miller ("Angela") as similar directors.

If you don't know any of them, don't worry. The point is that this film, like the ones mentioned above, draws us in with a tantalizing plot (a young girl's searches for her missing sister within the surreal world of cyber chatrooms and New Orleans) but quickly diverges to a much broader message. Obviously I won't ruin that message for you because it is revealed only in the last few seconds, and very subtly at that.

But in essence, this is a film made up of fragments of different people's lives. The characters barely overlap, so you have to pay attention to several simultaneous subplots or you may get lost. What you should focus on, while watching the movie, is what these people have in common and how their parallel stories intersect.

The whole movie has the appearance of a dream. The director uses bizarre effects to detach us from reality, and that helps ease us into the cryptic fragments that are thrown at us, much the same way that your subconscious mind may throw fragments while you're sleeping. The dialogue is very poetic and meaningful, with references to great dreamers like Nikola Tesla, Blaise Pascal, and a few funk music gurus. I'm not familiar with New Orleans, but there seems to be a lot of home-grown history in this film, and not just the ritzy French Quarter stuff.

I watched this film mainly to see Liane Balaban (a.k.a. Moonie Potty from the hilarious "New Waterford Girl"). She delivers a good performance, but I think David Arquette steals the show as the part-nerdy, part-creepy character who seems to be hiding a dark secret. Clarance Williams is a great match for Liane, playing her offbeat detective partner. And Karl Geary does a charismatic job, dropping his Irish twang for a Cajun drawl.

See this movie if you're into odd art films like the ones I mentioned above. Even if you're not, give it a try. Just expect to be led into a puzzle whose solution doesn't necessarily have much to do with the plot. This is a film you'd probably want to see twice.

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