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Chain (2004)

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 ... See full summary »

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Jem Cohen

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Jem Cohen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miho Nikaido ... Tamiko
Mira Billotte Mira Billotte ... Amanda Timms
Tarik O'Regan Tarik O'Regan ... Currency Trader
Rick Aquino Rick Aquino ... Piano Store Salesman
Douglas A. Scocco Douglas A. Scocco ... Piano Store Salesman
Bill Stuckey Bill Stuckey ... TV Announcer
Minda Martin Minda Martin ... Amanda's Half Sister
Robert C. Gibson Robert C. Gibson ... Motel Manager
Anne Truitt Anne Truitt ... Woman in Car and Parking Lot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vanessa Hope 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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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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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Almost as entertaining as unconsciousness
22 August 2008 | by yunnsSee all my reviews

I really had high hopes for this movie. In the description this film appeared to be one of the off-beat-but-poignant films that I love. However, this proved not to be the case. From the drawn-out opening scene until the anti-climactic end, "Chain" was about as exciting as watching paint sit in a can...it doesn't even warrant an "about as interesting as watching paint dry." When paint is left to dry, something may actually happen; bugs may get stuck in the paint or it could dry a weird color. The majority of this plot-lacking film was spent on pieced shots of random people in malls that could not even be considered a decent attempt at montage. It was as if I was watching a television switch channels on the life-is-dull-jump-out-of-your-window- network. I enjoy spending days in public places and love to watch strangers interact, scenes change and life progress. There is beauty in the mundane. But, apparently no one told this film crew who seemed determined to stage what should be spontaneous and ignores what should be staged. The idea behind this despairing maze of commercialism is a brilliant one; the execution is severely lacking.


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