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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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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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I did not find mall parking lots beautiful
8 February 2005 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

This could be a compelling documentary, if it was a documentary. Most of the scenes of the characters seemed staged… because they were. I did like what I learned about the characters. We see one character struggling with homelessness and joblessness. We see the waning of the other's excitement about her corporate travel (a different kind of homelessness). I was interested in learning more about both, but the story telling is stingy. Maybe a third of the footage is of the two women. This film is very slow because there are too many shots of overweight pedestrians and too many establishing shots of parking lots, signs, and malls. Only in the credits did I realize it was not the same few malls, but since they all look the same, the bleakness added nothing but boredom.


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