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Me and you and everyone we know - Miranda July, John Hawkes, Brad Henke

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Movie propaganda

Acclaimed multimedia performance artist Miranda July makes a leap into feature filmmaking.

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 (Miranda July) 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 (John Hawkes), 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 7-year-old Robby (Brandon Ratcliff), who is having a risqué internet romance with a stranger, and his 14-year-old brother Peter (Miles Thompson), who becomes the guinea pig for neighbourhood girls practising for their future of romance and marriage.

In July's modern world, the mundane is transcendent and everyday people become radiant characters who speak their innermost thoughts, act on secret impulses, and experience truthful human moments that at times approach the surreal. They seek togetherness through tortured routes and find redemption in small moments that connect them to someone else on earth.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film art romance loser multimedia

Persons of interest

  • Miranda July .... Christine Jesperson
  • Ellen Geer .... Ellen
  • John Hawkes .... Richard Swersey
  • Brad Henke .... Andrew
  • Jordan Potter .... Shamus
  • Brandon Ratcliff .... Robby Swersey
  • Natasha Slayton .... Heather
  • Miles Thompson .... Peter Swersey
  • Najarra Townsend .... Rebecca
  • Carlie Westerman .... Sylvie
  • Miranda July .... Screenwriter
  • Miranda July .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

If you can ignore the acclaimed multimedia performance art, Me and you and everyone we know is a wryly and delightfully observed drama about low-level people living low-level lives. There is a feeling of "this is as good as it gets" that resonates with other recent films like Garden State and Sideways. It's as if American filmmakers are discovering that independent film need not be merely lower-budget Hollywood fare. There is a grinding depression that always lurks just off-screen, always ready and waiting to trap the unwary. True love doesn't strike like a bolt of lightning. Sex is not meaningful. No-one leaves food on the table. Me and you and everyone we know is good, just not as good as it thinks.

Security censorship classification

R 18+ (High level themes)

Surveillance time

88 minutes (1:28 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 27 October 2005
Disc: 7 July 2010

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