Multimedia performance artist Miranda July excels as writer, director, and star of Me and You and Everyone We Know.
The novice filmmaker draws noticeably well from her experiences of the art scene to produce something that ultimately feels authentic, even if her self-conscious rom-com may seem too gratuitous for awhile.
She has a touch behind and in front of the camera in making a vital connection between adulthood and youth.
There's a self-immolation with lighter fluid that will help set up an unlikely relationship between an unsuccessful video artist, July's Christine, and shoe clerk Richard (John Hawkes of Identity and HBO's riveting original series "Deadwood"). He has trouble keeping it all together with his two biracial sons after his wife leaves him for someone else.
July works maturely with younger actors Miles Thompson and Brandon Radcliff. Thompson is the older 14-year-old son appeased by two fellow female students and the highly amusing Radcliff is the much younger brother Robby who is having some coarse internet discourse with an unusual middle-aged woman.
Maybe Me and You has a contrived, specious nature to it, but there is a clever cynicism when it comes to the problems of making relationships work. And, the result is an appealing "originality of vision" that lingers for arthouse patrons to spread the word about this thought-provoking offbeat fare.
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