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Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)

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Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented. In "This Is Dr. Keener", physician Elaine Keener is spending the day taking ... See full summary »

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Rodrigo García

Writer:

Rodrigo García
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Dr. Elaine Keener (segments "This is Dr. Keener" and "Fantasies about Rebecca")
Cameron Diaz ... Carol Faber (segment "Love Waits For Kathy")
Calista Flockhart ... Christine Taylor (segments "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine" and "This is Dr. Keener")
Kathy Baker ... Rose (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Fantasies about Rebecca")
Amy Brenneman ... Detective Kathy Faber (segment "Love Waits For Kathy")
Valeria Golino ... Lilly (segment "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")
Holly Hunter ... Rebecca Waynon (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca")
Matt Craven ... Walter (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Gregory Hines ... Robert (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca")
Miguel Sandoval ... Sam (segment "Love Waits For Kathy"
Noah Fleiss ... Jay (segment "Someone For Rose")
Danny Woodburn ... Albert (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Penelope Allen ... Nancy (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca") (as Penny Allen)
Roma Maffia ... Debbie (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Mika Boorem ... June (segments "Love Waits For Kathy" and "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")
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Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented. In "This Is Dr. Keener", physician Elaine Keener is spending the day taking care of her invalid mother at home on the nurse's day off. Elaine, a scientist, seeks confirmation on what may be a turning point issue in her life by an unconventional means, namely a tarot card reading. Although the news Elaine receives through the reading is a largely accurate assessment of her current life, it is the news about that crossroads issue that takes her somewhat aback. In "Fantasies About Rebecca", thirty-nine year old Rebecca Waynon is outwardly in control of her life, from her job as a bank manager to her personal long term relationship with older Robert. A homeless woman named Nancy who hangs around outside the bank seems to have a clearer picture of what is truly happening with Rebecca than Rebecca herself, as is witnessed by Rebecca's ultimate reaction to an action in dealing with... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A nő ötször See more »

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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A Braille book that Carol Faber reads is "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez who happens to be the father of Rodrigo García, this film's director. See more »

Quotes

Carol: Maybe she was just tired of dead ends, phone calls that were never returned, promises that were never kept, tripping over the same stone.
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beautifully told stories of everyday
29 July 2004 | by paularsen47See all my reviews

The only other movie I've ever been moved to write a comment for was Mission to Mars. Unlike MtM, which I was moved to review due to it being one of the very worst movies I've ever seen, this one is truly touching. Things You Can Tell... is a testimony that an American movie, with well-known American actors, can be delicate, beautifully acted, and most of all, not chewed and explained to death. It does not regard its viewers as braindead; neither does it regard them as artsy. It is a movie for everyone, about people just like us.

This is not an art-house movie - the story plot is a collection of stories about the everyday lives of everyday women (the reviewer who said she never seen such repulsive characters might be in for a shock if she actually talks to her daughter / mother / sister).

It shows women beautifully, and absolutely believably. It also shows nicely that diversity is not a question of the skin color, but of the attitude (hence the stories feature only white women).

It's also not a chick flick - while certainly it will be loved by women, it also works for cynical, hard to move guys like me.

Watch it, it's really good, in a not-in-your-face, subtle way.


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