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Cast

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Cleaner
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She
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Anthony
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He
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Virgil
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Billy
Raymond Waring ...
Whizzer
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Grace
Barbara Oxley ...
Cleaner in Swimming Pool
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Kate
Kev Orkian ...
Waiter
George Antoni ...
Kitchen Boss (as George Yiasoumi)
Beryl Scott ...
Cleaner in Laboratory
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Aunt
Lol Coxhill ...
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In this film, told almost entirely in iambic pentameter, She is a scientist in a loveless marriage to Anthony, a devious politician. He is a Lebanese doctor in self-imposed exile, working as a chef in a London restaurant. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But the contempt He perceives as a Muslim immigrant to the UK causes him to break up with She, offering little in the way of explanation, and return to his homeland. She drags his reasons out of him little by little and tries to sympathize. Keenly feeling the loss of his love, She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and in the cabarets. She sends him a ticket, but harbors no illusions that He will join her in this Carribean melting pot... Written by Joe Jurca

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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£1,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,451 (USA) (24 June 2005)

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$396,035 (USA) (23 September 2005)
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Joan Allen couldn't join the crew in Cuba because of the regulations making it difficult for Americans from visiting the country. Her scenes were shot in the nearby Dominican Republic and cut into the Cuban footage. See more »

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As "He" is chopping celery and talking to his crew, the knife in his hands changes from shot to shot. One shot has pieces of celery stuck to the knife while the other shows a clean blade. See more »

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Cleaner: And, in the end, it simply isn't worth / Your while to try and clean your life away. / You can't. For, everything you do or say / Is there, forever. It leaves evidence. / In fact it's really only common sense; / There's no such thing as nothing, not at all. / It may be really very, very small / But it's still there. In fact I think I'd guess / That "no" does not exist. There's only "yes".
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Waltz in A Flat Major
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Katia Labèque and Marielle Labèque
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When Harry met Sally Potter
8 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sally Potter has in my view made a masterpiece.

To challenge every issue from racism to religion to cultural difference, let alone to the big question, the what's it all about question, and all in one film is astounding but to do this with such daring, the rhyming verse, structure, cinematography, musical score is nothing short of genius. Joan Allen is remarkable as She. Her beauty is second only to her delivery of the some of the most intelligent and profound verse that I have ever heard. Shiela Hancock's death speech sits on its own as an inspired piece of writing. There are so many great moments in this film, there is no point in trying to list them, but do look out for the wine bar scene!

Potter has reminded me why film is great.

Thank you Sally Potter.


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