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Me and You and Everyone We Know
Directed by Miranda July
Produced by Gina Kwon
Written by Miranda July (screenplay)
Starring Miranda July
John Hawkes
Miles Thompson
Brandon Ratcliff
Natasha Slayton
Najarra Townsend
Carlie Westerman
JoNell Kennedy
Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography Chuy Chavez
Editing by Andrew Dickler
Charles Ireland
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date(s) June 17, 2005 (2005-06-17) (limited)
Running time 90 min.
Language English

Me and You and Everyone We Know is a 2005 film, Miranda July's directorial debut.

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Plot

The structure of the film consists of several subplots which all revolve around an intertwined cast of characters.

The film begins by introducing Richard (John Hawkes), a shoe salesman and recently separated father of two. After being thrown out by his wife Pam (JoNell Kennedy), he gets an apartment of his own to share with his children, Peter (Miles Thompson) and Robby (Brandon Ratcliff). He meets Christine (Miranda July), a senior-cab driver and amateur video artist, while she takes her client to shop for shoes, and the two develop a fledgling romantic relationship.

Robby, six years old, and his 14 year old brother, Peter, have a joint online chat which he later depicts in another chat session as "))<>((", an emoticon that means "pooping back and forth". This piques the interest of the woman at the other end and she suggests a real-life meeting.

Two of Richard's neighbors, 15-year-olds Heather (Natasha Slayton) and Rebecca (Najarra Townsend), develop a playful relationship with a much older neighbor Andrew (Brad William Henke). He doesn't say much, but he keeps leaving signs on his window about what he would do to each of them. As a result of this relationship, Heather and Rebecca ask 14-year-old Peter, Robby's older brother, if they can practice oral sex on him, so that he can tell them which of the two does it better; so they do. He says both were exactly the same. The daughter of a neighbor peeks in the window and sees what happens at the time, and quickly leaves. They later come to the neighbor's house intending to have sex with him, as practice, which shocks him, and he pretends not to be home.

Meanwhile, Christine's work is rejected by a contemporary art museum, but then later accepted by the curator, who turns out to be the woman who was instant messaging with the brothers.

The plots come together in the end, with Peter developing a friendship with the daughter of a neighbor, having been introduced to the hope chest that she has, Christine and Richard displaying a show of mutual acceptance of their attraction to each other, and, as a final plot device, Robby finding that the noise he'd been awoken to every morning very early was that of an early rising businessman tapping a quarter on a street sign pole. When asked why he's doing it, he stops and turns around, saying "just passing the time", and gives Robby the quarter. When his bus drives away and Robby tries it out himself, the sun heightens with each tap, time literally passing as he does it.

Production

The motion picture was shot using a Sony HDW-F900 CineAlta high definition digital video camera.[1]

The score, composed by Michael Andrews, was performed largely on a modified Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard.[citation needed]

Online chat scenes were filmed with open-source Gaim software, presumably to avoid any licensing issues with screen shots of copyrighted software.

Reception

The film received generally positive reviews.[2]

The film won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Portions of the script were included in the anthology The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 edited by Dave Eggers.

Roger Ebert cited the film as the 5th best film of the decade.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Me and You and Everyone We Know, released in 2005, is the debut feature-length film by Miranda July.

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Christine Jesperson

  • If you really love me, let's make a vow - right here, together... right now.
  • We have a whole life to live together you fucker, but it can't start until you call.
  • Call me, if you ever feel too old to drive.
  • Fuck! Fuck you! Fuck me! Fuck old people! Fuck children! Fuck peace! Fuck peace...

Richard Swersey

  • I don't want to have to do this living. I just walk around. I want to be swept off my feet, you know? I want my children to have magical powers. I am prepared for amazing things to happen. I can handle it.
  • You know some kids don't even have one home and now you get to have two. Think about that.
  • We will never touch your foot with our hands. Now I'll tell you what I can do, I can press on the shoe to see if it fits. I can go like this. [presses the toe of the shoe]
  • [after taking off the bandage from his hand] It needs air. It needs to do some living. Let's take my hand for a walk.

Andrew

  • I would love to believe in a universe where you wake up and don't have to to go to work and you step outside and meet two beautiful 18-year-old sister who are also girlfriends and are also very nice people.

Heather

  • But this is better 'cause it won't matter if we mess up. And we'll be together.

Peter Swersey

  • So, do you have anything new in the chest? You know, the hope chest.

Nancy

  • Macaroni.
  • Email wouldn't even exist if it weren't for AIDS.

Robby

  • Ask her if she likes baloney.

Dialogue

Peter: What should we write... I have a big weiner?
Robby: I want to poop back and forth.
Peter: What? What does that mean?
Robby: Like I'll poop into her butthole and she'll poop it back... into my butthole and then we'll just keep doing it back and forth. With the same poop. Back and forth. Forever.

Christine Jesperson: [seeing his bandage] Whoa, what happened?
Richard Swersey: You want the short version or the long one?
Christine Jesperson: The long one.
Richard Swersey: I tried to save my life but it didn't work.
Christine Jesperson: Wow. What's the short one?
Richard Swersey: I burned it.

Untitled: Are you touching yourself?
NightWarrior: [looks down at fingertips touching on edge of desk] Yes.

Richard Swersey: You think you deserve that pain but you don't.
Christine Jesperson: I mean, they kind of rub my ankles, but all shoes does that. I have low ankles.
Richard Swersey: You think you deserve that pain, but you don't.
Christine Jesperson: I don't think I deserve it.
Richard Swersey: Well, not consciously maybe.
Christine Jesperson: My ankles are just low...
Richard Swersey: People think that foot pain is a fact of life, but life is actually better than that.
Michael: I'll say. You should get some. Your whole life could be better. Just starting right now.

Sylvie: You want to be a little bird and get a little worm? Just lie down and peep.
Robby: Peep, peep, peep.

Andrew: Dude, did you just give her the family discount?
Richard Swersey: Yeah. She's my neighbor, and I'm trying to work on my karma. Do you know what karma means?
Andrew: Yeah.
Richard Swersey: It means that she owes me one.

Michael: I just wish I had met her 50 years sooner.
Christine Jesperson: Yeah.
Michael: But then maybe I needed 70 years of life to be ready for a woman like Ellen.

Sylvie: Soup won't be computerized.
Housewares Saleswoman: Why not?
Sylvie: It's a liquid.

Peter Swersey: I'd live up there if I could, if there was no gravity
Sylvie: Yeah, but if you lived up there, all the stuff in my room would fall on you and crush you and you'd die

Christine Jesperson: But she's the love of your life, You're just going to let her go?
Michael: No, she's just going...

Robby: Mom says we have a chore wheel.
Richard Swersey: What?
Peter Swersey: Nothing.
Robby: A chore wheel. You put chores on it and then you can spin it. There's this metal thing and it helps it to spin. It's spinning from the metal.







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