And the wait is over: the best film of the year (and possibly one of the best films of the last decades) has arrived in national cinemas.
It took a long time, but ‘Everything, Everywhere at the Same Time’starring none other than the iconic Michelle Yeohwas finally released on the Brazilian screens and should delight anyone who dares to get involved with this bizarre, explosive and touching story of overcoming.
The plot follows Evelyn Wang (Yeoh), a middle-aged woman who emigrated from China, leaving her parents behind to pursue the American dream with her husband, Waymond. The two opened a laundry room, above which they live with their daughter, Joy, the first generation of the family to grow up in the US. On a troubled day, she is dragged into an insane adventure where she must save the world by exploring other universes connected with the life she could have lived.
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Counting on names like Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr. and Jamie Lee Curtisthe production was extremely well evaluated by the critics and should earn some statuettes in the next awards season.
To celebrate its launch on the national circuit, the CinePOP prepared a brief special article bringing backstage trivia.
Check it out below:
- All visual effects for the film were done by nine peopleincluding the two directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. None of the team behind the VFX took any courses, but friends who taught themselves with tutorials they found online.
- This was Ke Huy Quan’s first major role in no less than two decades.
- To keep plot details under wraps before the trailer is released, the site’s official synopsis IMDB says: “a woman trying to do her own income tax”.
- Originally, Dan and Daniel wrote the script with Jackie Chan in mind for the lead role. However, the duo reconsidered and placed a woman as the protagonist, believing that the relationship between husband and wife would be more convincing. Yeoh was eventually cast in the role.
- At the beginning of the film, the character of Jenny Slate must show the ticket to pick up the laundry at the laundry. The number in question is 42, famous for being the answer to questions about life, the universe and everything else in classic novels. ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’.
- Language is quite important to the story. For example, Evelyn speaks with her father in Cantonese but speaks Mandarin with her husband, showing that there are cultural differences in their upbringings. The mother-daughter relationship is also shaped around language: Evelyn speaks to Joy in Mandarin and English, while Joy answers her in English and half-baked Chinese. Neither finds the words to express the ideas clearly, keeping them divided.
- In the scene where Evelyn is chased by Deirdre (Curtis), she moves from cubicle to cubicle while crouching and on the phone. The sequence is almost identical to that seen in ‘Matrix’in which Neo hides from the agents in the office.
- In the reality where Evelyn is a movie star, actual recordings of Yeoh on the red carpet were used, including those of premiere from the romantic comedy ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.
- As Evelyn’s acceptance of the multiverse grows, the screen ratio between the two worlds changes noticeably.
- The “fake credits” scene that is shown in a movie theater full of people watching a movie references the classic ‘Paprika’in Satoshi Kon.