Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Marcia Gay Harden,
The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.
A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor (Ashmore) schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun (Sevigny) makes a personal sacrifice for the benefit of a South African village; in rural China, a black market operative (Liu) posing as a goverment-sanctioned blood drawer jeopardizes an entire village's safety.
Sabina has a regular life. She is satisfied with her job and her love for Franco. Lately nightmares start disturbing her, and almost in the same time she discovers to be pregnant. Step by ... See full summary »
Two men and a woman happen to meet in a bar. We learn from their conversations both the intriguing and banal details of their lives. But is anyone really telling the truth? From the meat ... See full summary »
Forty-year old Louis is a loud-mouthed repo-man who has nurtured a lifelong dream of becoming a successful actor. Fortunately for Louis his cousin is a casting agent, and he soon learns ... See full summary »
11-year-old Eliza Naumann comes from an odd family; they all divert their emotional frustrations into secret channels. When Eliza unexpectedly begins winning spelling bees, what had been a stable dynamic within the family becomes disrupted; long held secrets emerge, and a latent spiritual yearning is awakened in her withdrawn father Saul and compulsive mother Miriam. As Eliza moves closer and closer to the national spelling bee, the Naumann family finds itself in a spiral of surprising discovery and jarring uncertainty... Written by
Jonathan Murphy auditioned for the part of Aaron Naumann. See more »
The wind changes directions almost 180° when Chali first meets Aaron at the park. Shots from over her shoulder have her hair blowing back, away from her neck while the shots facing her have the wind blowing her hair forward across her neck/chin. See more »
National Spelling Bee Pronouncer:
Number 14. Eliza Naumann, Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California. "Oppidan".
My father told me once that words and letters hold all the secrets of the universe. That in there shapes and sounds, I could find everything and see beyond myself, to something special. Perfect. My father told me once that I could reach the ear of God.
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No one of the characters acquires the slightest level of credibility in this failed attempt to produce a movie with a touch of transcendence. The first philosophical comments by Richard Gere promise -at least for the connoisseur- a glimpse into the deeper side of human life that, unfortunately, never comes to get going in this insipid movie. The presence of French Juliette Binoche -a delightful actress- is insufficient to get this movie out of the hole of inconsistency and nonsense. Nothing seems real, the characters are completely undeveloped. The audience is deluded into believe that this movie is going to tell something insightful about Inner quest, mystic search and emotional alienation in close relationships. The movie seems a failed try to mix the American look with the European touch in movie making.The author, director ad crew, must keep looking to produce something meaningful of the sort. Richard Gere (as well as has happened to Kevin Costner) needs to find a way out of this dreadful trail of later. His fans -and I am one of them- are sill waiting!
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