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Time Out says

An organic progression from his documentaries, Cohen’s feature debut – set in an overcast, flourescent netherworld of malls, hotels and transport interchanges – constructs a cohesive milieu from footage shot in seven countries and 11 US states. Researching American theme parks, Tamiko (Nikaido) awaits orders from her Tokyo corporation, whose mission statement becomes a kind of mantra; non-person Amanda (Billotte) scavenges from shopping centres, talks into a dead cell-phone and confides in a video camera. Ostensibly at opposite ends of the spectrum, the women’s experiences of mallworld are similarly aimless and atomised, each well-versed in consumerism and bereft of human contact. Cohen finds grimly witty equivalence in litanies of chain-store names and debt relief voicemails, luxury-brand outlets and derelict pharmacies – a floating world where awnings promise ‘Zero coming soon’.
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Release details

UK release:

2004

Duration:

99 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Jem Cohen

Editor:

Jem Cohen, David Frankel

Cinematography:

Jem Cohen

Producer:

Jem Cohen, Mary Jane Skalski

Screenwriter:

Jem Cohen

Cast:

Miho Nikaido, Mira Billotte

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