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Chain (2004)

 -  Drama  -  23 April 2005 (USA)
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As regional character disappears and corporate culture homogenizes our surroundings, it's increasingly hard to tell where you are. Actual malls, theme parks, hotels and corporate centers ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Miho Nikaido ...
Tamiko
Mira Billotte ...
Amanda Timms
Tarik O'Regan ...
Currency Trader
Rick Aquino ...
Piano Store Salesman
Douglas A. Scocco ...
Piano Store Salesman
Bill Stuckey ...
TV Announcer
Minda Martin ...
Amanda's Half Sister
Robert C. Gibson ...
Motel Manager
Anne Truitt ...
Woman in Car and Parking Lot
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Vanessa Hope ...
Corporate Executive (as Vanessa Wanger)
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As regional character disappears and corporate culture homogenizes our surroundings, it's increasingly hard to tell where you are. Actual malls, theme parks, hotels and corporate centers worldwide are joined into one "superlandscape" which shapes the lives of two women caught within it. One is a corporate executive, the other a young drifter. Written by Anonymous

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Tamiko: [narrating] When I was small, I did not have my own money to buy the things I wanted. My friends and the other students would buy many things, and I was ashamed. Beautiful things would come in the stores, and everyone at school was so excited. There were characters with their own shows on TV and video games and toys. You see them and almost feel like crying, because there is one that seems so special for you.
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17 October 2005 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

jem cohen's fictional thing, not really a film in the expected sense since we get the moving images but not the hook and drag of narrative and not the blaat blaat splotchiness of non-narrative film.i have a fondness for his particularly aestheic, sentimental almost, because it seems so familiar to my own teenage experiences (abandoned malls, house perpetually being build in a row while old houses on the main street crumbled into disrepair. ugly disrepair.) and it is not often made, this kind of looking film, probably because it is not pleasantly ugly. i admired that he showed, without prejudice, both sides of that consumer impulse-the person who ends up working as a small piece of the huge need to make and to buy, and the person who is driven to help create the organism that houses the need. it was appropriate that the main characters are women, since women do most of the buying and, though i cannot substantiate this just this second, most of the small, poorly paid jobs. he did a good job of presenting the dialectic of materialism as it is now and a lovely job showing the images of con- and destruction we see all the time but rarely stop to look at. but what i like best about walter benjamin, who cohen thanks in the credits of the film, is that his own warmth and humanity occasionally mixes with the subjects about which he is so obviously ambivalent. while i believed the characters in chain, i didn't care for them. if jem cohen can make the kind of film which also makes me care about the people, he will be one of the few extraordinary geniuses among people.


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