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Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 5 August 2005 (USA)
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A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.

Director:

Miranda July

Writer:

Miranda July
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hawkes ... Richard Swersey
Miranda July ... Christine Jesperson
Miles Thompson ... Peter Swersey
Brandon Ratcliff ... Robby Swersey
Carlie Westerman ... Sylvie
Hector Elias ... Michael
Brad William Henke ... Andrew
Natasha Slayton ... Heather
Najarra Townsend ... Rebecca
Tracy Wright ... Nancy Herrington
JoNell Kennedy ... Pam
Ellen Geer ... Ellen
Colette Kilroy ... Sylvie's Mom
James Kayten ... Sylvie's Dad
Amy French ... Museum Assistant
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Storyline

'Me and You and Everyone We Know' is a poetic and penetrating observation of how people struggle to connect with one another in an isolating and contemporary world. Christine Jesperson is a lonely artist and "Eldercab" driver who uses her fantastical artistic visions to draw her aspirations and objects of desire closer to her. Richard Swersey, a newly single shoe salesman and father of two boys, is prepared for amazing things to happen. But when he meets the captivating Christine, he panics. Life is not so oblique for Richard's six-year-old Robby, who is having a risqué Internet romance with a stranger, and his fourteen-year-old brother Peter who becomes the guinea pig for neighborhood girls -- practicing for their future of romance and marriage. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sexual content involving children, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

IFC Films | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me and You and Everyone We Know See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,801, 19 June 2005

Gross USA:

$3,885,134

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,012,838
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Company Credits

Production Co:

IFC Films, FilmFour See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At one point Richard Swersy (John Hawkes) talks about how he was mistaken in that that lighter fluid would burn off his hand and wouldn't injure him. He realized after using lighter fluid that he was mistaken and it was alcohol that burned off. John Hawkes plays a character in from Dusk 'til Dawn who is burned alive after he is covered in liquor and set on fire. See more »

Goofs

When Christine is in the car for the first time with Michael we can see in the first shot that the seat belt is twisted twice on his chest. In the next shot, it isn't. See more »

Quotes

Richard Swersey: We will never touch your foot with our hands. Now i'll tell you what I can do, I can press on the shoe to see if it fits. I can go like this.
[presses the toe of the shoe]
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Special thanks to The Bertram Family See more »


Soundtracks

A Summer Long Since Passed
(1982)
Written and Performed by Virginia Astley
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) o/b/o Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Rough Trade/Sanctuary Records Group & Happy Valley
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Macaroni
5 November 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

The main reason that films can grab us and last is not because of characters or situations, or story. Yes, those are the things we see and grab, but if the film doesn't spin an engaging world, there'll be nothing worth grabbing.

Now here's a case where the world this filmmaker creates is so wonderful, we want to grab everything. Its incoherent, a set of vignettes, but all coherently placed to circumnavigate this wonderful set of dynamics.

Its a world where bad things exist but don't cut deeply. Where innocence penetrates reality. Where fate applies but is seen. Where art exists but only as pretense for life. Where communication always has a sparkle of wonder. Where age is irrelevant and hope is always privately platformed without dependence.

A dear friend brought me to "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing." This is a dear friend and I sincerely tried to dissolve myself in the world of the thing. But the cracks didn't line up, and my being and that world couldn't interpenetrate. It think it is purely a matter of skill, in knowing how to discard the things that get in the way. This does, this film here.

The woman behind this film is admirable. By that I mean she is to be admired for knowing enough about us to find the things that disturbingly endear. And I admire her for finding a place for herself in how this is presented to us. Its all so perfect that we have to assume that there is a deep selfawareness in her, as deep as her intuitions are.

I hope to see more of her. I think we can trust her with large bits of ourselves.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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