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Walking and Talking
     

Walking and Talking

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Director: Nicole Holofcener, Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Todd Field

Cast: Nicole Holofcener, Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Todd Field

 

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The aptly named Walking and Talking didn't exactly wow 'em in theaters, but it deserves this belated Miramax DVD release. A small movie full of nuanced and intelligent moments, the picture has slowly been gaining an audience on home video and cable, particularly since so few films deal realistically and humorously with female friendship in the way that this one

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The aptly named Walking and Talking didn't exactly wow 'em in theaters, but it deserves this belated Miramax DVD release. A small movie full of nuanced and intelligent moments, the picture has slowly been gaining an audience on home video and cable, particularly since so few films deal realistically and humorously with female friendship in the way that this one does. The disc doesn't come with any extras to speak of (an audio commentary from first-time writer/director Nicole Holofcener would've been appreciated), but it does return the movie to its original widescreen aspect ratio with a pristine anamorphic transfer. Cinematographer Michael Spiller has lensed many of Hal Hartley's pictures and he's a master at capturing natural light and giving low-budget movies a high-quality sheen. Besides the all-star indie movie cast of Walking and Talking (Catherine Keener, Liev Schreiber, Todd Field, Anne Heche, Kevin Corrigan), indie rocker Billy Bragg composed the film's score.

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Featuring a cast made in indie film heaven, Walking and Talking may bear a more accurately descriptive (and sublimely humorous) title than almost any film out there. With that plain-as-beans name, promising new director/screenwriter Nicole Holofcener takes an affectionate poke at the essence of what independent film should be: interesting characters having conversations and, well, walking around. Her debut gets by on the strength of this engrossing naturalism. The effortless repartee between Amelia (Catherine Keener) and Laura (Anne Heche) carries the smart script, which charts the pitfalls of single-life existence in the big city with the best of them. Like most films of its ilk, nothing of consequence really happens, but that's the point --- this is what normal life would look like if you knew people who were just a bit funnier and more eloquent. Indie staple Kevin Corrigan also shines as the oddball curiosity who propels parts of the minimal plot. His harsh passive rejection reminds Laura and Amelia that while New York may be a laboratory for their sarcastic observations, the lab rats have feelings, too.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

One of the gifts of Walking and Talking is that it remains subtle and gentle...Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, it is not a soap opera or a melodrama...One thing I like about the film is the way it teasingly introduces elements that, in other films, would lead to big dramatic formulas, and then sidesteps them.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0786936184945
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

French-language track; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16×9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Keener Amelia
Anne Heche Laura
Todd Field Frank
Liev Schreiber Andrew
Kevin Corrigan Bill
Randall Batinkoff Peter
Joseph Siravo Amelia's Therapist
Vincent Pastore Laura's Devil-Seeing Patient
Lynn Cohen Andrew's Mom
Miranda Stuart Rhyne Young Laura

Technical Credits
Nicole Holofcener Director,Screenwriter
Dorothy Berwin Producer
Edi Giguere Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Greenberg Asst. Director
Roswell Hamrick Art Director
Ted Hope Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Alisa Lepselter Editor
Scott Meek Producer
David Powers Sound/Sound Designer
James Schamus Producer
Michael Spiller Cinematographer
Anne Stuhler Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: "How Am I Going to Tell Amelia?" [3:36]
2. On My Own [3:36]
3. "I Am a Bad Therapist" [5:38]
4. Out With the Ugly Guy [5:57]
5. Struggling With The Ordinary [4:40]
6. Where It Went Wrong [6:03]
7. Socks and Haircuts [7:40]
8. A Trip to the Lake [8:41]
9. "Tell Me Something You Liked" [7:07]
10. Feeling Better? [5:31]
11. The Black Pants [6:54]
12. "What Is It Like for You?" [5:01]
13. Beautiful Relations [5:28]
14. End Credits [3:57]

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Walking and Talking 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Girls, if you have a great friend with an upcoming birthday, this makes the perfect sap-free movie to buy her and watch together. I enjoyed the easy pace and natural humor and apperciated the lack of corniness so often seen in these movies.