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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 »

Director:

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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Sound Mix:

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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Visually uninteresting, strangely cold
8 January 2005 | by JensSeidlSee all my reviews

While the film tells some more or less interesting stories about some more or less interesting people, it fails to capture its audience. Despite the cast of excellent actresses and the good performances, the viewer remains at a distance and you cannot help feeling like the scientist who views a bunch of ants under the looking glass...

In addition, the Director, who also wrote the script, does not develop an interesting visual style for the film - it seems as if the dialog and the performances were enough in the Director's view to make a good movie - well, they are not. I have seen this as a German DVD edition and I'm not sure whether the transfer was very bad or whether the film was intended to look the way it did - quite often the top part of the frame is darker than the rest, usually in a way so that the actors' faces are lit normally, while the background fades away horizontally (not vertically, though). Quite irritating, in my view.

Overall, stays well behind its potential. (3/10)


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