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Me and You and Everyone We Know (2004)

Cast: John Hawkes, Miranda July, Miles Thompson, more...
Director: Miranda July
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Independent, Romantic Comedy, Romance, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
A handful of disparate characters, both adults and children, find themselves navigating the tricky waters of intimacy in this award-winning independent comedy drama. Richard (John Hawkes) is a recent divorcÚ who is alternately exhilarated and terrified with his life and the world around him. While he believes great things are in store for him, he's also become so despondent about his wife's departure that he attempts to set his hand on fire. Richard meets Christine (Miranda July) at the shoe store where he works; Christine likes to paint a picture of herself as a stylish and confident video artist, but in truth she supports herself as a driver with a car service for the elderly, and she'd very much like to meet someone special. As Richard and Christine fumble their way into a relationship, Richard's two sons have issues of their own. Seven-year-old Robby (Brandon Ratcliff) has met someone in an Internet chat room who responds to his na´ve and scatological perceptions of sex, while 14-year-old Peter (Miles Thompson) finds himself on the receiving end of unusual and unexpected attention from two girls in his class. Me and You and Everyone We Know was the first feature film written and directed by noted performance artist Miranda July; the picture won prizes in 2005 at the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


GreenCine Exclusive Interview



Artist-actress-filmmaker-writer Miranda July is so hyphenated she's hard to keep up with, and has had to rev herself up even further with the release of her startlingly good feature debut Me and You and Everyone We Know. In an exclusive interview for GreenCine, Craig Phillips caught up with July long enough to shed light on the process of making the indie film Roger Ebert tagged "[T]he best I've seen this year at Sundance...delicate, tender, poetic, and yet so daring in some of its scenes that you sit in uncertain suspense." Full Article >>

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Almost perfect blend of subtlety and raunch by Picton July 26, 2007 - 1:26 AM PDT
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I wasn't sure about this movie until the last five minutes when it all seemed to fall together in a very affecting collage. The acting is superb. The children are amazing. I just needed a little more focus.

A July Christmas by talltale October 15, 2005 - 8:41 AM PDT
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6 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Miranda July's ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW has been welcomed by the critical establishment and art/independent film audiences alike, so I'll just throw in my two cents and say that I was completely taken with the movie, first scene to last, and only occasionally worried that it might slide into pretentiousness. (Conversely, my partner--with whom I often agree--hated it.)

This new filmmaker is so original in her viewpoint and style and manages to coax exactly the right kind of performances from her entire cast, that what could become creepy and offensive--oral sex between a teen threesome, the connection (including the possibility of intergenerational sex) between a pre-teen and a 30- or 40-year-old--becomes a new, sad, funny, bracing and all-embracing look at how the modern world is evolving. And connecting--or not. For the scenes in the museum alone (ah, those subtle differences between art and life!), this movie is memorable.

July is such a quiet artist who never overstates her intentions that it is possible, I guess, to miss them entirely and imagine that the woman has no viewpoint or goal. She does. I think she's created a one-of-a-kind vision of the possibilities (yes, good and bad) inherent in art, life, people--and film.

I almost NEVER rate a new film at the top of the "ten" scale (I save that for classics like "The Leopard" that I've seen more than once and feel pretty certain will stand the test of time.) With "Me and You and Everyone We Know," however, I'll take that chance.




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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2005
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Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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100 Best English Language Films That I've Seen
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Alphabetical Order: Best English Narratives in the World
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