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Meanwhile (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 January 2014 (Japan)
The funny and moving tale of Joe Fulton who can fix anything for anybody but he can't achieve success himself. But maybe today will be different!

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Hal Hartley

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Hal Hartley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
D.J. Mendel ... Joseph
Danielle Meyer ... Wendy
Pallavi Sastry ... Phone Store Clerk
Chelsea Crowe ... Woman on the Bridge
Miho Nikaido ... Miho
Penelope Lagos Penelope Lagos ... Tuesday
Lisa Hickman ... Bank Manager
James David Rich ... Mike (as James Rich)
Hoji Fortuna ... Otis
George Feaster George Feaster ... Radio Announcer
Kanstance Frakes Kanstance Frakes ... Lori
Matty Charles Matty Charles ... Singer
Josh Stark Josh Stark ... Bass Player
Isis Velazquez Isis Velazquez ... Fashion Student #1
Lisa Marie Persaud Lisa Marie Persaud ... Fashion Student #2
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The funny and moving tale of Joe Fulton who can fix anything for anybody but he can't achieve success himself. But maybe today will be different!

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USA

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English

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25 January 2014 (Japan) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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No, this is not a "return to form"
9 May 2017 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

"Return to form," which is used in one of its variations by some of the user reviews here, is an interesting phrase that raises the question of, what is the form being revisited.

For example, if I were to say a Hal Hartley movie were " a return to form," I would mean he had recaptured the magic of early films like Trust and Surviving Desire.

On the other hand, some of those are lauding this film as a return to the form of movies that I consider among Hartley's worst, like Flirt and Book of Life. And yes, if that is your gold standard for Hartley, then Meanwhile is a return to form.

Not much happens, the dialogue is forgettable, there are many moments that don't add anything or even make sense. It's just the story of a guy wandering around interacting with people, and while the lead actor is quite good, the interactions are rarely interesting.

While not as execrable as Book of Life, this is in no way a return to what I consider Hartley's proper form. To see my idea of a return to form, go watch Ned Rifle. It's pretty good.


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