What the 1995 film Jupiter's Wife captures is, thankfully, entirely different. Director Michel Negroponte follows an eccentric middle-aged woman, Maggie Cogan, who chooses to live in New York's Central Park with several animal companions. The camera simply follows her on a daily basis, and as questions are asked, she responds without the slightest bit of pretension. The camera could be there or not, it's as if she's talking with an old friend. She may have a screw or two loose, but she's always engaging to listen to. The eclectic backdrops of shooting through New York's streets provide a beautiful compliment to her musings, especially as Negroponte's cinematography remains gorgeous throughout.
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Of course, we're supposed to care. After all, steam pipes burst all the time, flooding streets, exploding buildings, killing innocent people, and causing nasty traffic jams. These pipes date back to the early 20th century and it's time they got updated to the rest of civilization.
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