Cameron Bailey selected Miranda July as one of the best emerging film directors working today and chose the film Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) as an example that best represents her work.
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Christine is a lonely artist and “Eldercab” driver who uses fantastical artistic visions to draw her objects of desire closer to her. Richards, a newly single shoe salesman and father two boys, is prepared for amazing things to happen. But when he meets Christine, he panics. Meanwhile, Richard’s seven-year-old son Robby is having a risqué Internet romance with a stranger, and Robby’s fourteen-year-old brother, Peter, has become a guinea pig for two neighbourhood girls.
“Me and You and Everyone We Know is a network narrative, roving among several characters with sometimes tenuous connections…July illustrates her connections in delicate miniature. This is likely not a question of budget or even of gender. Instead, there is in July’s character portraits a sense of wonder and optimism. She finds marvels and high philosophy in small rituals, whether the subject is the death of a goldfish of the prospect of a new romance.”
Cameron Bailey is Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.