June 07, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
102 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/24/02
performer
Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall, Amy Irving, Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro
director
Jill Sprecher
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher
genre
Drama

Random characters collide like errant billiards, a yuppie lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) gets his comeuppance while a naive young housecleaner (Clea DuVall) loses all faith, and the screen fills with long, still shots of empty streets. Yes, it’s one of those earnest cinematic treatises on fate, happiness, and human connection. There are luminous performances, but a genteel tone of despair drags the whole thing down. Still, if you’re in the right damp-wool mood, you may connect.

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