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Everything Put Together (2000)

R | | Drama | 14 June 2002 (UK)
The story of a Californian couple expecting a child and their group of friends confronted with the tragedy of a big loss.

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Marc Forster

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Radha Mitchell ... Angie
Megan Mullally ... Barbie
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Judith
Jacqueline Heinze Jacqueline Heinze ... Jean
Courtney Watkins Courtney Watkins ... H2O Instructor
Matt Malloy ... Dr. Reiner
Mark Boone Junior ... Bill
Blake Rossi Blake Rossi ... Michael
Louis Ferreira ... Russ (as Justin Louis)
Michele Hicks ... April
Alan Ruck ... Kessel
Stéphanie Schneider Stéphanie Schneider ... Party Videographer (as Stephanie Schneider)
Vince Vieluf ... Jim
John P. Hunter John P. Hunter ... Hearse Driver
Kevin Ratliffe Kevin Ratliffe ... Simon
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The story of a Californian couple expecting a child and their group of friends confronted with the tragedy of a big loss.

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Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gritos na Noite See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Furst Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Shot with a Mini-DV camera on a budget of 100,000 US dollars. All the actors and the crew worked without pay. See more »

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La Nudista
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Written by Daniele Luppi
Performed by Daniele Luppi
Courtesy of IRMA Records
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Well done, but not quite compelling
19 February 2001 | by jimchevaSee all my reviews

First, A WARNING: If you are pregnant or just had a child, do NOT go see this film. Really. You simply don't need some of these concepts swimming around your mind. Trust me.

I found this film depressing without being cathartic.

It certainly touches on some complex aspects of the situation in the film, not least of which is the near-primitive rejection of a 'wounded animal' by the herd (in this case a group of new or expectant mothers.) And Radha Mitchell does an excellent, nuanced job of portraying the shifting emotions and fragility of the main character. Justin Louis - looking an awful lot like Aidan Quinn and portraying a similar type of character (amiable, sensitive, manly) - is also quite affecting as the husband struggling helplessly to make things better when almost any move he makes is doomed to be wrong.

The other characters, too, are well-cast and well-acted. And the photography is just moody enough to have texture without being distractingly 'pretty'.

So, what kept this from being a powerful and ultimately satisfying film (for me)?

First of all, the pacing, which was reminiscent of many French or Swedish films. Lots of lingering domestic vignettes, almost documentary like, setting up who these people are, their relationship, their world. It takes a LONG time to get to the central crisis of the film. And once it occurs, there's lots more lingering domestic scenes.

All of this is justifiable in a film that focuses on the emotional effects of one incident. But it assumes - rather than compels - a certain complicity on the part of the viewer.

More fundamentally though, the fact that the main character seems pre-ordained for SOME kind of catastrophe makes her big reversal seem more inevitable than shocking. It doesn't help that she's portrayed as deeply anxious from the start. So much so that at times this feels like an early Polanski film, preparing us for something really awful. So, when the worse does occur, rather than being shocked, we're almost relieved.

Add to this the curious choice to give the protagonist a monstrously remote mother and what would be surprising here would be for her to ever experience unshadowed happiness. She seems at the least fragile, if not quietly but fundamentally disturbed from the start. The result is that some of her more excentric behavior later seems to flow not from the tragedy but simply from what we know of her character.

Since none of her girlfriends react with common decency, never mind nobility, about the only truly likeable character we meet is the husband, so that it's far harder to be intimately affected by the central events here. Because it simply seems that even if they had never occured, this would never really have been a very happy world.

Still, a good, if not memorable film. Especially for under $500,000. And - a surprising bit of light at the end - some of the most beautiful credits I've seen in a while.


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