About One Thing
Director: Jill Sprecher
Producer: Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi
Gori, Gaetano Daniele
Screenwriter: Jill Sprecher and Karen Sprecher
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Alan Arkin, John
Turturro, Clea DuVall, Amy Irving, Barbara Sukowa, Tia Texada
MPAA Rating: R
Year of Release: 2001
Running time: 102 minutes
Assistant District Attorney Troy is on a roll.
He has just won a big case, and during the celebration, he
spots a very sad insurance manager at the bar, Gene. Troy
wants Gene to be happy — he wants everyone to be happy.
Troy buys Gene drinks and gets drunk in the process. Gene,
on the other hand, thinks the world is unfair and wants retaliation,
so he has decided to fire the happiest guy in his department.
Troy’s happiness, however, is short-lived, as driving
home drunk he hits a woman and, thinking he has killed her,
flees the scene. His guilt consumes him, causing him to continually
re-injure himself where he cut his forehead. In such fashion,
the movie traces the lives of several characters in 13 vignettes,
each of which illustrates how absurd life can be. Bad things
happen to good people; good things happen to bad ones.
Watch how Troy struggles for a long time to
achieve redemption for his crime and eventually succeeds.
- Do you believe that you will never be
able to redeem yourself from a major mistake you have made?
- If you can feel compassion for Troy’s inner struggle,
do you consider that you might be able to direct your compassion
toward yourself too?
- Keep watching the movie with you in the role of the one
who tries to redeem him/herself of a mistake in the past and
fill in what you are going to do in order to succeed.