Me and You and Everyone We Know

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Miranda July (2005)

87min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
Performance artist Miranda July's accomplished, bittersweet feature debut weaves together the stories of various lost and lonely suburbanites struggling to connect in southern California. Shoe salesman Richard (John Hawkes) is so distraught when his wife dumps him, he sets fire to his own hand. Literally and figuratively scarred, he's hesitant to respond to romantic overtures from kooky artist-cum-cab driver Christine (writer/director July, in a striking series of retro 1980s blouses). Some viewers might feel a little uncomfortable about subplots involving Richard's teenage son Peter (Miles Thompson) discovering oral sex and even younger Robby (Brandon Ratcliff) entering into a salacious online relationship with a stranger. However, July handles such material with sensitivity and respect as well as humour. Although the offbeat independent movies that become hits at the Sundance film festival feel all too common currency these days, this particular example stands above the rest for its sharp writing and abundant heart.

Summary

A shoe salesman recovering from the break-up of his marriage encounters an eccentric artist and taxi driver, but remains uncertain about how to respond to her romantic advances. Meanwhile, his two sons are forming unusual relationships of their own, as teenager Peter offers local girls his sexual services and seven-year-old Robby develops an online romance with a stranger. Drama, starring John Hawkes and Miranda July.

Cast & Crew

Christine Jesperson Miranda July
Richard Swersey John Hawkes
Peter Swersey Miles Thomspon
Robby Swersey Brandon Ratcliff
Sylvie Carlie Westerman
Michael Hector Elias
Andrew Brad William Henke
Heather Natasha Slayton
Rebecca Najarra Townsend
Nancy Herrington Tracy Wright
Director Miranda July
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Optimum Releasing Guidance: Contains swearing and nudity. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 19 Aug 2005

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