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What the Bleep Do We Know?

Year: 2004
Production Co: Lord of the Wind
Director: William Arntz/Betty Chasse
Producer: William Arntz/Betty Chasse
Writer: William Arntz/Betty Chasse
Cast: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix
A bizarre concoction for a movie, in a format I'm sure nobody's ever seen before. It's part documentary, part docu-drama. What it's about is the nature of reality, quantum physics, free will and all sorts of other metaphysical questions like it.

It poses and attempts in some part to answer them by telling the story of a professional photographer (Matlin) going through her day to day routine while plagued with questions about the nature of things. She's harangued by her overly-friendly roommate, pulled into line by her demanding boss, accosted by a kid playing a magical kind of basketball and gets drunk at a wedding.

Interspersed in these adventures are talking heads from some highly regarded minds in fields ranging from spirituality to thermodynamics, all giving their two cents worth on the topics at hand.

There's not as much an answer at the end as there is a new way of looking at the universe, and yes it does get too God-y if you're a scientist and too clinical or you're a spiritualist, but it's all interesting food for thought, the format of the story-within-the-interviews keeping you engaged if nothing else.

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