July’s First 

Thursday, Jun 23 2005
Though its action is largely confined to a few blocks of an unidentified American suburb, the spellbinding charm of performance artist Miranda July’s debut feature, Me and You and Everyone We Know, is something universal. Children long to grow up, adults grasp at the lost innocence of youth, and all are prone to those great, impulsive gestures that spring forth from the terror of loneliness. The movie is a romance of sorts between a shoe salesman (the remarkable John Hawkes) who’s been burned both by love and by fire and a wide-eyed video artist (July) who makes ends meet as a chauffeur for the elderly while making inroads into a cynical gallery world. He believes the right pair of shoes can change a person’s life; she makes videos in which two slippers have a conversation with each other. But there are many other characters and many other wondrous sights­ — from a goldfish that leaps precariously between two cars in motion to a city street that stretches the precise distance of a human relationship. Me and You and Everyone We Know is by turns comic and tender, tragic and absurd. But throughout, it gives off what is surely one of the greatest of moviegoing pleasures — the sense of an artist seeing the world from some private vantage that is as original as it is truthful. ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW | Written and directed by MIRANDA JULY| Produced by HOLLY BECKER | Released by IFC Films | At the Nuart

Related Stories

Reach the writer at sfoundas@villagevoice.com

Related Content

Now Showing

  1. Sat 2
  2. Sun 3
  3. Mon 4
  4. Tue 5
  5. Wed 6
  6. Thu 7
  7. Fri 8

    Find capsule reviews, showtimes & tickets for all films in town.

    Sponsored by Fandor

Box Office

Scores provided by Rotten Tomatoes

Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, concert and dining info & more!


  • Emmy-Nominated Costumes on Display
    On Saturday, the Television Academy and FIDM Museum and Galleries kicked off the Eighth Annual exhibition of "The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" with an exclusive preview and reception party. 100 costumes are featured from over 20 shows representing the nominees of the 66th Emmy Awards. The free to the public exhibition is located downtown at FIDM and runs from today through Saturday, September 20th. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
  • Cowabunga! 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    The COWABUNGA! - 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tribute show opened Friday night at Iam8bit. Guests donned their beloved turtle graphic tees, onesies and a couple April O'Neils were there to report on all the mean, green, fighting machine action. Artist included Jude Buffum, Tony Mora, Nan Lawson, leesasaur, Jim Rucc, Mitch Ansara, Guin Thompson, Stratman, Gabe Swarr, Joseph Harmon, Alex Solis, Allison Hoffman, Jose Emroca Flores, Jack Teagle and more. All photos by Shannon Cottrell.
  • Are Westerns For The Weak? Not According to "Sensei" Martin Kove
    Decades ago, the western film was king, with nearly 100 produced every year at their peak in the 1940s, and their popularity extending years beyond. But today, other than rare successes like Django Unchained or True Grit, the genre is not in great shape. Films such as Cowboys and Aliens and The Lone Ranger failed to spark new interests in the western. It's a tough nut to crack, but veteran movie bad guy Martin Kove -- most well known for his role as Sensei John Kreese in The Karate Kid -- is passionate about the classic American film genre and is trying to revive it. We spent an afternoon at his home talking about westerns and how to make the genre interesting again. All photos by Jared Cowan.

Now Trending