Archives / 2000 Sundance Film Festival

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Screenwriters: Rodrigo Garcia

Description

With a tremendous eye and ear for the caverns of human vulnerability, first time feature director Rodrigo Garcia has transformed his exquisite screenplay into a drama of acute loveliness and sensitivity. Boasting one of the most extraordinary ensemble cam ever assembled for an independent movie, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her is a tender, intelligent evocation of the intimate moments that go unperceived, the secret lives that dwell "behind every door, behind every face.”

Comprised of five interwoven vignettes, the film binds the lifelines of several seemingly disconnected San Fernando Valley residents. Detective Kathy Farber (Amy Brenneman) arrives at a crime scene to discover the body of Carmen, an old acquaintance (Elpidia Carillo). In the days preceding Carmen's death. we see her skirt unnoticed the periphery of our protagonists' lives: Dr. Elaine Keener (Glenn Close), who tends to her infirm mother and waits anxiously for a male colleague to call; self-reliant Rebecca Weyman (Holly Hunter), who, on discovering she is pregnant, confronts a difficult, desolate choice; single mother Rose (Kathy Baker), who develops a fanciful, comedic obsession with her new neighbor; Christine (Calista Flockhart), who wrestles with the imminent death of her ailing lover; and investigator Kathy's acerbic, blind sister, Carol (Cameron Diaz), who speculates on what might have driven Carmen to suicide.

Gently swathed with humor and pathos, Things You Can Tell is a film of uncommon delicacy and resonance. In his contemplation of solitude and the fragile cloth of interconnectedness, Garcia has created a passionate foray into the depths of human longing and desire.

— Rebecca Yeldham

Screening Details

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