Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom/USA/Germany, 1996. Channel Four Films, Electric, Good Machine, Mikado Film, Pandora Filmproduktion, TEAM Communications Group, Zenith Entertainment. Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener. Cinematography by Michael Spiller. Produced by Ted Hope, James Schamus. Music by Billy Bragg. Production Design by Anne Stuhler. Costume Design by Edi Giguere. Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Independent Spirit Awards 1996.
Nicole Holofcener began a successful career of excellent explorations of female friendship with this wonderful film. Catherine Keener and Anne Heche have been best friends since they were young women, and now as adults are trying to get happy in the relationship field while maintaining their own supportive intimacy. Keener has stayed friends with her high school prom date (Liev Schreiber) and meets a video store employee (Kevin Corrigan) that she goes out with even though she thinks he’s ugly, the whole time bored with her office job and dealing with the fact that her beloved cat has cancer. Heche is stressed out trying to prepare herself for her career as a psychologist, and confused about the perfect bliss of her relationship with her fiancée (Todd Field). The two of them should rely on each other more but their increasing isolation in dealing with these problems endangers their friendship on top of everything else. Holofcener places a lot of different markers on the field here, and manages to deal with every single one of them satisfactorily before the succinct ending.