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Rated NR · 108 minutes · 2004

Documentary, Drama, SciFi/Fantasy
Oregon-based collaborators William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, and Mark Vicente have made a complex, provocative docudrama that poses the Big Questions of Life. Who are we? Where are we going? What might be available, in the heightened consciousness department, to help us along? Skeptics may see this as new-age self-absorption, but it's also a serious inquiry, steeped in the riddles of quantum physics, molecular biology, and theology, into the eternal mysteries of being. The overburdened target of these weighty ideas is a dour art photographer named Amanda (Oscar winner Marlee Matlin), who struggles with an unhappy life while a Greek chorus of PhD's -- physicists, mystics, biochemists -- bombards her (and us) with state-of-the-art science and philosophical discourse that mean to make sense of our lives. The film is amateurish in places, but fascinating: Bring your eager hypothalamus and your tuned-up frontal lobes with you. They'll get a workout.
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Director: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente
Writer: William Arntz and Betsy Chasse
Producer: William Arntz and Betsy Chasse
Cast: Marlee Matlin, Barry Newman, Elaine Hendrix, Armin Shimerman, Robert Bailey Jr. and John Ross Bowie

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