13 Conversations About One Thing details
|Starring:||John Turturro, Matthew McConaughey, Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall, Amy Irving, Clea Duvall, Tia Texada|
|Genre:||Drama - General|
13 Conversations About One Thing
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Sep 2005|
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Quirky and intriguingBy Tim from London , 10 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This is one of those films that features a number of different cross cutting stories which appear to be, but are not, happenning at the same time. Like a Robert Altman film or Magnolia, the characters appear in and influence the other stories. What links them is that they are all talking about happiness and the role of fate - how do we get happiness and how does it go away or is it given up? I really liked this film - I found the ensemble acting and multi layered storytelling to be refreshing. I also thought it raised some interesting and provoking ideas. However the stories themselves were uneven - the film is dominated by a strong performance by Alan Arkin as an ill tempered and vindictive insurance salesman who is also capable of kindness - in contrast the story featuring John Turturro felt less fully developed. The overall tone of the film was pessimistic - but I felt it was all the better for that!
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13 CONVERSATIONS BUT LITTLE ELSEBy a customer , 18 Feb 2013Ostensibly about Happiness, but really detailing its widespread absence from Western culture. The characters are volitionally self-pitying & unlovable; choosing to scapegoat others: They're addicted to their problems in vain hope of escaping affectless existences. The movie cannot show if happiness exists nor does it make a clear distinction between the luck you make yourself and that with which you are born. A self-obsessive other-fixation explains unhappiness here and few possess the courage to see this or to want to have good working-relationships with themselves. There is no appreciation in this movie that Whites tend to worry themselves miserable about happiness, as no other culture does. A dishonestly-solipsistic movie (such narcissism being a major source of unhappiness, to begin with) the authors of this tract write about a subject they know as little about as do their characters.
Classic New York Tales Interwoven BeautifullyBy 5ft7offootballheaven (300 reviews) from London , 13 Nov 2012Great cast, good stories. All interwoven in an unforced, easy on the eye expose of luck, courage, happiness, sadness etc etc.
Alan Arkin is stand out brilliant.
If it doesnt make you question what you are doing and why then you havent been concentrating.
Luck is in the eye of the beholderBy Oozoid (59 reviews) from Ayr , 01 Oct 2011I normally avoid films with Matthew McConaughey but he is perfectly cast in this one. Do we create our own good fortune, or is it thrust upon us - whether we like it or not? A fine, thought-provoking film for pessimists and optimists alike, with splendid use of temporal juxtaposition.
Doesn't live up to the titleBy BrokenToySoldier (11 reviews) from Egg Rock , 31 Jan 2011Well-told and intriguing. But doesn't live long in the memory as, one year on, I have pretty much forgotten everything that happens. The plot lines don't intersect as heavily as the adverts would have you believe and the film doesn't live up to its title.
different but goodBy a customer from Burton-on-Trent , 20 May 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAn unusual but thought provoking story of how life can channge unexpectedly. I found it a bit depressing. One positive character though.