Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 2001.  Stonelock Pictures, Single Cell Pictures, double A Films, Conversation Productions Inc., Echo Lake Entertainment, Entitled Entertainment.  Screenplay by , Jill Sprecher.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

On a casual evening in New York, a hotshot lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) celebrates a personal victory at a local bar, having just sent a guilty man to prison. A nearby patron of the establishment (Alan Arkin) has just had a terrible week that has confirmed his doubts about humanity in general. A housemaid () celebrates a positive outlook on life until hers takes an unfortunate turn. A university professor () is trying to balance out his feelings for his wife (Amy Irving) and his mistress ().  These characters and more have connections between them that they aren’t aware of in this delicate, sensitively directed film by Jill Sprecher.  All the performances are a touch of brilliance (Arkin is especially memorable, as well as McConaughey who reveals a new level of subtlety that he has never explored before), and the script is exceptionally well written.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2001

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