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The Big Empty (2005)

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A bittersweet tale of Alice, her vagina and the infinite nature of the tundra.

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Alice
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The Specialist
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Talk Show Host
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The Thoughtful Man
Simon Cole ...
Arctic Explorer
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Gynecologist
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Cartographer
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Nurse
David Doumeng ...
Anchorman
Rita Taggart ...
Bookstore Co-Worker
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Doctor #1 (as Robert J. Stephenson)
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Doctor #5
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A bittersweet tale of Alice, her vagina and the infinite nature of the tundra.

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Drama | Fantasy | Short | Comedy

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Co-director Newton Thomas Sigel approached prosthetic effects maker Andy Clement about creating the oversized prosthetic of Alice's vagina for the film's opening shot. They had previously worked together on episodes of House M.D. (2004), for which Clement had made prosthetic babies. Sigel asked Clement "How are you with a vagina?"; he replied "No complaints so far". The vagina was built out of a tube of silicone big enough for a lens to fit in. Sigel was very impressed with it when he went to pick it up from Clement's workshop, and thanked him. Clement said he should thank all of the prosthetic crew, because it was "one vagina they'd all had a hand in". See more »

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The vast wasteland that can be the lonely person's soul until otherwise engaged.
31 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lisa Chang and Newton Thomas Sigel's "The Big Empty" is without a doubt the best short that I have ever seen. The cinematography is beautiful and thoughtful, and the story is as well, if a little (humorously) twisted. Selma Blair gives a rather touching and witty performance as "Alice" that affects the audience, which is often rare for such a short film. Even Garbriel Mann's aptly named "The Thoughtful Man" makes one a little weak in the knees, with but only a few mere minutes on screen. I fell in love with this film, and I highly recommend this to anyone possessing an ability to properly suspend disbelief long enough to become absolutely enraptured.


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