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Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)

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Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented. In "This Is Dr. Keener", physician Elaine Keener is spending the day taking ... See full summary »

Director:

Rodrigo García

Writer:

Rodrigo García
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Dr. Elaine Keener (segments "This is Dr. Keener" and "Fantasies about Rebecca")
Cameron Diaz ... Carol Faber (segment "Love Waits For Kathy")
Calista Flockhart ... Christine Taylor (segments "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine" and "This is Dr. Keener")
Kathy Baker ... Rose (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Fantasies about Rebecca")
Amy Brenneman ... Detective Kathy Faber (segment "Love Waits For Kathy")
Valeria Golino ... Lilly (segment "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")
Holly Hunter ... Rebecca Waynon (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca")
Matt Craven ... Walter (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Gregory Hines ... Robert (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca")
Miguel Sandoval ... Sam (segment "Love Waits For Kathy"
Noah Fleiss ... Jay (segment "Someone For Rose")
Danny Woodburn ... Albert (segments "Someone For Rose" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Penelope Allen ... Nancy (segment "Fantasies About Rebecca") (as Penny Allen)
Roma Maffia ... Debbie (segments "Fantasies About Rebecca" and "Love Waits For Kathy")
Mika Boorem ... June (segments "Love Waits For Kathy" and "Goodnight Lilly, Goodnight Christine")
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Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented. In "This Is Dr. Keener", physician Elaine Keener is spending the day taking care of her invalid mother at home on the nurse's day off. Elaine, a scientist, seeks confirmation on what may be a turning point issue in her life by an unconventional means, namely a tarot card reading. Although the news Elaine receives through the reading is a largely accurate assessment of her current life, it is the news about that crossroads issue that takes her somewhat aback. In "Fantasies About Rebecca", thirty-nine year old Rebecca Waynon is outwardly in control of her life, from her job as a bank manager to her personal long term relationship with older Robert. A homeless woman named Nancy who hangs around outside the bank seems to have a clearer picture of what is truly happening with Rebecca than Rebecca herself, as is witnessed by Rebecca's ultimate reaction to an action in dealing with... Written by Huggo

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Seeing is deceiving. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2000 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A nő ötször See more »

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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A Braille book that Carol Faber reads is "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez who happens to be the father of Rodrigo García, this film's director. See more »

Quotes

Nancy: What does your husband think about this?
Rebecca: I don't have a husband.
Nancy: Show me your ring finger.
[Rebecca shows Nancy her left hand]
Nancy: Are you a lesbian?
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I disagree...
11 November 2004 | by DannX68See all my reviews

...with the other user. On the contrary, I find Things You Can Tell... to be a very intense drama. Even I, being male, could easily identify with all the characters. The title says it all, you know what these characters feel and think just by looking at them, and it's done in a very subtle and under-acted way. I must agree, though, that I, too, was surprised by Cameron Díaz; I knew all the other actresses to be first rate, but up until this movie, I'd always thought of Díaz as a dumb blonde; I'm glad she proved me wrong. I know a lot of Americans (and I'm NOT saying ALL) want big emotions, larger-than-life drama, and a lot of FX...but life isn't that way, life is like this movie: funny, touching, sad, lonely, full of love and, yes, even repressed. 10/10


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