This hilarious, heartfelt and quirky film sits rather comfortably somewhere between Ghost World and the films of Todd Solondz, and features possibly the best performance I have yet to see this year (as of July 2005). Miranda July (surely that can’t be her real name) does a stellar job in writing, directing and starring in this wonderful film, a true gem at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival.
Me and You and Everyone We Know maintains a perfect balance between comedy, drama, and artistic endeavour. There are practically no redundant moments in this film, and it’s only slightly let down by some narrative strands which are weaker than others.
In the centre of this fantastic film is July’s own performance. Once I’d gotten over my initial confusion regarding her age, I was spellbound by her offbeat and funny performance that never attempted to upstage any of the other characters.
I did make reference to Solondz a moment ago, but rest assured, whilst the film rubs shoulders with some slightly disturbing themes (paedophilia and coprophilia among others) it never actually becomes disturbing or harrowing in the way that Happiness did. Me and You and Everyone We Know examines the differences and similarities between kids and adults – kids always wanting more and adults wishing things were simpler. It’s a beautiful film that is never self conscious or coy in its presentation of desires, no matter how innocent or tainted.
It was a relief to see this film only a day after being disappointed by the ensemble piece Hawaii, Oslo, as here we have multiple storylines coming together to create something funny and enchanting. July’s film is also different from Hawaii, Oslo in that it never outstayed its welcome – whenever I feared that it was about to get pretentious it moved on to the next charming scene. Most of the audience seemed to love the film as I did, although there were some (like the guy next to me) who remained eerily quiet during the proceedings, which makes me wonder if this film isn’t suited to everyone.
I for one loved this film and can’t wait to show it to everyone I know.Rating: