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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 ...
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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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visually breathtaking
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I saw a rough cut of this at the Portland Experimental Film Festival, and while largely unedited, the footage I saw was some of the more honest and moving I've seen all year. While revolving around a fictional narrative, the film was shot in real locations(all of them large shopping multiplexes), and I was amazed to find out that while the filming took place in multiple countries, the common mall has become so homogenized that I could barely tell one place from another. The characters are believable, and it took me a while to figure out that it wasn't a straightforward documentary. This is a meditative, mature opus from Jem Cohen, in line with his earlier work Lost Book Found, where truth and fiction blend to compliment the overarching idea, which he stated at the screening he drew largely from ideas inspired by Walter Benjamin's "The Arcades Project." Beautiful stuff.


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