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The Big Empty (2005)

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

Directors:

Lisa Chang (as J. Lisa Chang), Newton Thomas Sigel

Writers:

Lisa Chang (as J. Lisa Chang), Newton Thomas Sigel | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Selma Blair ... Alice
Elias Koteas ... The Specialist
Richard Kind ... Talk Show Host
Gabriel Mann ... The Thoughtful Man
Simon Cole Simon Cole ... Arctic Explorer
Richmond Arquette ... Gynecologist
Ezra Buzzington ... Cartographer
Linda Bisesti ... Nurse
David Doumeng David Doumeng ... Anchorman
Rita Taggart ... Bookstore Co-Worker
Bob Stephenson ... Doctor #1 (as Robert J. Stephenson)
DeForest Mapp ... Doctor #2
Mobin Khan ... Doctor #3
Grant Heslov ... Doctor #4
Hugh Laurie ... Doctor #5
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A bittersweet tale of Alice, her vagina and the infinite nature of the tundra.

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Soundtracks

Song to the Siren
Written by Larry Beckett and Tim Buckley
Performed by This Mortal Coil
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The vast wasteland that can be the lonely person's soul until otherwise engaged.
31 December 2005 | by ebbtide37See 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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