Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA/United Kingdom, 2005. IFC Films, FilmFour. Screenplay by Miranda July. Cinematography by Chuy Chavez. Produced by Gina Kwon. Music by Michael Andrews. Production Design by Aran Mann. Costume Design by Christie Wittenborn. Film Editing by Andrew Dickler, Charles Ireland.
The secret longings of a very diverse group of people are the focus of this sometimes imaginative but mostly unengaging comedy-drama in the vein of Happiness. Miranda July (who also directs) is excellent as a video artist who works by day as a chauffeur for the elderly. She attempts a relationship with a recently divorced burn victim (John Hawkes) whose alienated children have been up to no good making friends on the internet. There are also two teen girls who enjoy mercilessly teasing a horny older neighbour, and a young girl who is already preparing her trusseau for her future home. Everybody’s got something dirty on their mind in this quirky story, and yet they’re all basically good people who don’t deserve our judgement for having secret lives. July’s perceptive writing is undone by the lack of energy in her directing and the film’s inability to really let us connect with any of these painfully twee characters.
The Criterion Collection: #1026