Walking And Talking (1996)


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 .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.

Nicole Holofcener began a successful career of excellent explorations of female friendship with this wonderful film.  Catherine Keener and  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 () and meets a video store employee () 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 ().  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.

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