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WALKING AND TALKING

SYNOPSIS:
Laura (Anne Heche) and Amelia (Catherine Keener) are the best of friends. Both have high-powered careers and live in Manhattan and both are very much looking toward the future. There are many ups and downs of their friendship as Laura prepares to marry Frank (Todd Field), and Amelia continues to deal with her many romantic travails. Amelia feels a little resentful of Frank because Laura is so preoccupied with wedding plans that she has little time to listen. Amelia was going out with Andrew Live Schreiber), but she couldn't stand his obsession with phone sex so she next accepts the offer of a video-store clerk, Bill (Kevin Corrigan). He has a thing for horror movies and after a one-night quickie with him, Amelia begs out. Soon afterward, the increasingly depressed, desperately lonely young woman learns that her beloved cat has cancer. But she is not the only one having problems as Laura begins to grow nervous about the nuptials. For some reason, she begins avoiding her good-natured fiance at every turn. Eventually Laura and Amelia meet to hash out their own friendship and set it on a smooth course again.

"Here's another of those low-budget American independent films about change in a relationship and its effect on everyone else. It's a very verbose comedy, but it's told with a certain amount of intelligence and charm. It's a terrific acting piece and the two central women equip themselves rather well, given the limitations of their respective characters. It's a funny little film, but one wonders whether or not there is much distinctly new that it has to say.

There is some sharp dialogue, some deliciously funny and acidic moments with Amelia and the oddball video store clerk, and some telling sequences that reflect on the honesty and longevity of friendship. But much like Breathing Room, just released, the film adopts a very claustrophobic style, and as the title suggests, it's a walking and talking movie without the cinematic depth it needs."
Paul Fischer

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NICOLE HOLOFCENER INTERVIEW

WALKING AND TALKING (M)
(US)

CAST: Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Live Schreiber, Todd Field, Kevin Corrigan, Randall Batinkoff, Joseph Siravo

DIRECTOR: Nicole Holofcener

PRODUCER: Ted Hope, James Schamus

SCRIPT:Nicole Holofcener

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Spiller

EDITOR: Alisa Lepselter

MUSIC: Billy Bragg

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Anne Stuhler

RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Globe

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 14, 1997(Sydney & Melbourne);
October 9 (ACT, Brisbane, Perth);







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