Sunday, June 5, 2011

Me You and Everone We Know (2005): review: 10/10

A shoe-seller is separated: he has two children and they move into a suburb. The children communicate on the internet with strangers. The shoe-seller becomes the love-object of  curly headed, kind hearted, frumpy artist. The artist sends her work to a severe woman who runs a contemporary art gallery: she is most amusingly portrayed. The characters evolve and cross.

The film contains many splendidly directed vignettes, tightly observed and often hovering strangely on an edge between comedy and pathos. They effectively describe a sort of boredom,  like a sense of strained anticipation that is familiar in suburbs. The characters are viewed with both compassion and humour: they are very nearly treated sentimentally, but there is a sense in the film throughout of the potential for violence and cruelty in human relationships that lends each scene vitality.

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