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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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Cast

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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Contemplative film about lonely lives in urban landscapes, worldwide.
7 February 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Though I watched this film only on TV, I was easily hypnotized by its beautiful pictures, its timing, and its sound. It's like a James Benning film with people in it. The film doesn't hurry you to get familiar with its two female characters and to take part in their lives. It might feel boring. But it might also feel just like your own situation or that of your friends. Modern society and its spaces, especially the urban landscapes (that look the same in each part of the world, we learn) are dissected and so reveal their lack of individual features that could people to identify with their habitat. You can use the time that the film gives you to become aware of this, and then go out and change your life to something meaningful. Which also might mean, that you have to leave before the film ends. In the credits you learn that everything was staged. Does it make a difference? Nope. I liked it very much.


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