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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYQJMY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,852 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this acclaimed philosophical comedy of manners, a hotshot lawyer (Matthew McConaughey), his career rocketing upwards, loses concentration momentarily and becomes the perpetrator of a hit and run. An insurance claims manager (Alan Arkin) with a troubled family life has a pleasant but irritatingly jovial colleague. A finicky physics lecturer (John Turturro) is having a meticulously timetabled affair as a stock response to a mid-life crisis, something his wife (Amy Irving) discovers after his recently stolen wallet is returned to her by a conscientious citizen. Meanwhile, cleaner Beatrice (Clea DuVall) is forced to reconsider her idealistic approach to life after being hit by a life-changing accident and an unwarranted accusation. Most of these people cross each other s paths in some way, sometimes casually, sometimes prodoundly, their conversations in all cases leading them to a greater understanding of the one thing of the film s title: the elusive nature of happiness.

Special Features: Director s Commentary, Trailer

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Thrillingly smart... you may also find yourself surprised by the depth of its insights --New York Times

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3.6 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. Sweet on 24 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
Director Jill Sprecher's, "Thirteen Conversations" projects a message is both specific and universal. In examining the lives of a group of New Yorkers, Sprecher ponders the ways we think about happiness and often overlook it when we have it. The thirteen chapters each begin with headines drawn from the dialogue. The film follows several unrelated characters whose lives eventually intersect in unexpected ways. The first one, a Columbia physics professor (John Turturro) is still suffering the effects of being mugged in the street. Cold and distant from his wife (Amy Irving), he looks perplexed when she asks what he wants from life.

"What anyone wants," he says, "is to experience life to the fullest. To be happy." The plot then focuses on a cocky prosecutor (Matthew McConaughey), first seen celebrating a conviction at a bar. But on his way home, however, he hits a pedestrian with his car - then panics and leaves her in the street to die. His world is turned inside out by guilt, an emotion at which he earlier scoffed

Possibly the most exciting performance was handed in by Alan Arkin who plays Gene English, dissatisfied manager of a department at an insurance company who supervises a staff full of men he can't stand. In particular, he has it in for a fellow nicknamed "Smiley" because of his constantly upbeat attitude. Pressured by cutbacks at work, Gene also copes with an estranged son whose drug habit keeps him in and out of prison. Gene English's life is sour.

Then there's the young housecleaner Beatrice (Clea Duvall), who takes pride in her work and flirts with one of her employers, an architect. Having been saved from drowning as a child, she tells a friend that she had a vision at that moment that she was being saved for a reason.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on 29 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
If you were asked what the words "happiness" or "fate" meant to you, chances are your answer would be very different from everybody else. Not all the answers to simple or complex questions are the same, as this movie illustrates in a very creative and effective manner. "13 Conversations About One Thing" is a film that examines the daily life of human beings, and just how something so subtle or small can cause a chain reaction of events.
The movie revolves around five New Yorkers that end up getting involved in one another's life in some way. There's the public defender who in a chain of events ends up walking the path of a criminal by covering his tracks. And then there is the bitter business man who can't stand the fact that one of his workers is always happy no matter what. There's the confused college professor who fears of not living life to the fullest after being mugged. There's the happy and enthusiastic cleaning woman who believes miracles happens everyday, but has her worldview drastically changed when she is hospitalized after being hit by a car. And finally, there's the woman who has to deal with the fact that her husband is cheating on her after having his stolen wallet returned. All of this is a setup for a sad, and yet moving film about the everyday events that we overlook from time to time. And how we never really notice even the smallest chain reactions that occur everywhere.
This was a great movie to watch and kept my attention throughout. I do admit that I was confused the first time, being that the movie really isn't told in chronological order, but more set up as little separate stories. After seeing it a second time it really did help me understand more of what was transpiring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookivore on 1 May 2006
Format: DVD
"Crash" meets "Sliding Doors" meets "Il y a des jours et des lunes" by Lelouch - feels like these conversations go round and round about the notion of fate - who are you to manage it, shape it, deserve it, etc. How will you take it?

Casting is impressive, and the scenario is great. However little in fact feels credible about most of these stories - how come a maid can afford her own apartment? The true joy comes from the conversations in the insurance office, more real than reality, and they may probably survive any test of time, too.

The revelations, or learnings, of the movie come to you a few hours after watching it. It's all about sinking in and taking the time to realise - really just like they do in this film.

A great film to watch, but not that memorable.

I'd use it to demonstrate some great human notions of loss and freedom of choice to many of my colleagues at work, any time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chrapliwy VINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
Before I saw this movie I noted that Alan Arkin is one of the stars of the movie and made the assumption that there would be some comic relief involved - there is none at all. This is a very serious movie with the main theme being "are you happy" - deadly serious.

The movie opens with a very happy lawyer having won a case celebrating with a drink at a bar. He gets a serious talk from Alan Arkin about luck and happiness. He brushes off Arkin's character and ignores him. He leaves the bar and rides off in his car and accidently hits someone with his car. The person is lying in the street - believing that he has killed the person he drives off in fear of prosecution, but then punishes himself.

Don't worry, I haven't given anything away here - that's how the movie opens. Thus begins the story about happiness, guilt, betrayal, and finally redemption.

All the characters also begin with independent story lines that ultimately tie together in one larger theme and end up with some connection to each other.

This was very well, written, very well acted, all around well done. Be prepared though when you see this, it can be a very depressing movie ... but it's worth your time for sure.
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