Gefühle, die man sieht

 USA 2000

Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her

Drama 109 min. poster

Episoden aus dem Leben von fünf einsamen Frauen im San Fernando Valley von Los Angeles.

"Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her" erkundet die intimeren Momente im Leben einzelner Personen und handelt von den Dingen, die man niemandem so ohne weiteres ansehen kann. Der Film spielt im San Fernando Valley von Los Angeles und besteht aus fünf miteinander verknüpften Handlungssträngen. Im Mittelpunkt der einzelnen Episoden steht eine bestimmte Gruppe von Männern und Frauen, deren Schicksale sich binnen weniger Tage verbinden, wodurch das Leben der einzelnen Figuren zugleich ärmer und reicher wird, um sich letztendlich aber von Grund auf zu verändern. Titel der Episoden


Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart, Valeria Golino, Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, u.a.
Rodrigo García
Emmanuel Lubetzki
Rodrigo Garcia
Einhorn Verleih



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  • it's different
    Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her was initially slated for a theatrical release a couple of years ago. A trailer was released and posters could be spotted at movie theaters. But then something happened - apparently some executives at MGM got jittery about releasing a movie without any teenagers or car crashes - and the flick wound up debuting on video. Which is a shame, really - this is an intelligent and well-acted flick that easily stands out from the big-budget blow-'em-ups and juvenile teen comedies.

    Featuring a cast of Hollywood's most talented female actors, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her tells five separate stories that occasionally intersect. Glenn Close stars as a lonely abortionist that seeks out the advice of a fortune teller (played by Calista Flockhart) who's having some personal problems of her own - her lover (Valeria Golina) is slowly dying of cancer. Amy Brenneman stars as a detective whose blind sister (Cameron Diaz) seems to have more luck with men than she does. Holly Hunter appears as a successful banker who, after discover that she's pregnant with her married lover, decides to have an abortion (Close just happens to be her doctor). Finally, Kathy Baker shows up as a bored housewife who finds herself inexplicably drawn to her new neighbor - a man that just happens to be a midget.

    Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her unfolds slowly, much like a novel. When each individual story is wrapped up, there isn't always a big revelation to be had. We're witness to a few moments in the lives of these very different women. And while the movie doesn't exactly whiz by like a freight train, the slow, deliberate pace is entirely effective.

    And of course, some of the stories are more compelling than others. The Flockhart/Golina storyline is more morose than anything else, and doesn't really provide any insights into living with a terminal illness. On the other hand, both the Baker and Diaz tales are fascinating looks at flawed women. Diaz, in particular, is quite compelling as a blind woman that tends to overcompensate for her disability by saying whatever pops into her head and sleeping with a lot of different men. Brenneman, as her sister, is treated like dirt by her but is essentially powerless to do anything about it, because who wants to admonish a blind girl?

    But in terms of acting, there's no question that Hunter provides the best performance. As the bank manager whose biological clock is approaching its end, Hunter has to run a gamut of emotions (especially once she decides to go forth with the abortion). Had this been a theatrical release as intended, there's no question that Hunter would have garnered an Oscar nomination.

    Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her is often quite difficult to watch, pummeling us with real emotions. But it's for that very reason that it's worth checking out.

  • Einfach schön!
    Habe den Film vor über einem Jahr gesehen. Dachte nicht, dass er einmal den Weg in unsere Kinos findet. Leider handelt es sich um einen Film der still und leise kommen und gehen wird, ohne dass er ein breites Publikum finden wird. Ich fand den Film unglaublich schön und berührend. Kann ihn nur jeden weiterempfehlen. Wer einmal einen Film sehen möchte, abseits vom Hollywood Mainstream, mit guten Darstellerinnen und einer einfachen, unspektakulären aber berührenden Story, der sollte diesen Film nicht versäumen.

  • gefühle, die man sieht
    ein sehr sehenswerter film, der viele emotionen hervorruft - von empatie bis unverständnis ...