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Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
Directed by Rodrigo García Barcha
Produced by Jon Avnet
Lisa Lindstrom
Marsha Oglesby
Written by Rodrigo García Barcha
Starring Glenn Close
Cameron Diaz
Calista Flockhart
Kathy Baker
Amy Brenneman
Valeria Golino
Holly Hunter
Matt Craven
Gregory Hines
Miguel Sandoval
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki
Editing by Amy E. Duddleston
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) January 22, 2000 (first screened at Sundance Film Festival)
March 11, 2001 (publicly released on Showtime)
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her is a film written and directed by Rodrigo García Barcha starring an ensemble cast. Garcia's debut film was shown at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and won the Un Certain Regard Award.[1] Holly Hunter was nominated for the 2001 Emmy in the supporting actress category.



“Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her” is a film about five stories or vignettes that are in some way or another loosely tied together. Five women are presented in their own lives each facing problems such as loneliness, dissatisfaction, longing, and or desire. The first time director, Rodrigo Garcia assembled this film with a loaded cast of actresses who can tell you everything you need to know just by their body language and facial expressions. Their individual stories show us what “things you can tell just by looking at her.”

The film begins with a prologue. Police detectives are investigating the apparent suicide of an unknown woman. The movie continues on with Dr. Keener (Glenn Close), who is a middle-aged doctor who is attempting to care for her aging mother and deal with her own loneliness. She avoids intimacy but also longs for it at the same time as she sits around and waits by the phone for a male colleague to call. Dr. Keener decides to invite Christine (Calista Flockhart) who reads tarot cards, to her home to help her deal with her loneliness and better understand her life. Christine’s lesbian lover (Valeria Golino) is critically ill with an unnamed disease.

Rebecca (Holly Hunter) is a successful bank manager whose motto is “I’m not big on regrets.” She has been involved with a married man (Gregory Hines) for the past three years and once she finds out she is pregnant with his baby, he coldly advises her to take care of the “problem.” Before Rebecca visits Dr. Keener to get an abortion, she has a fling with one of her colleagues, Walter (Matt Craven). She is also confronted by a female street person in the bank’s parking lot.

Rose (Kathy Baker) is a single mother who is writing children’s books. She is an endearing woman who develops a sweet crush on a new dwarf neighbor (Danny Woodburn). The neighbor catches Rosie spying on him in his house. Rose is amazed to find out that her son is more sexually active then she knew of, and also more sexually active than herself.

Carol Faber (Cameron Diaz) is a lovely blind woman who has an active social life and her sister Kathy (Amy Brenneman) is one of the detectives who appeared in the prologue. Kathy is attracted to the medical examiner in the suicide case, and her story ends with him taking her out on a date. In an epilogue, Dr. Keener drops in to a bar, where she meets the male character, Walter, from previous stories (possibly the younger male alluded to in Christine's tarot card reading).




  • Won The Gan Foundation Prize – 2000 Cannes Film Festival
  • Nominated for an Emmy in 2001 for the supporting actress category

Box office

  • On May 26, 2002 the film opened on 52 screens in Spain. In its opening weekend, the film made 201,200.
  • In Spain, the film grossed over 1,595,755.


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