The Big Empty (2005 film)

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The Big Empty
Directed by Lisa Chang
Newton Thomas Sigel
Produced by Lisa Chang
Newton Thomas Sigel
Written by Lisa Chang
Newton Thomas Sigel
Starring Selma Blair
Elias Koteas
Richard Kind
Hugh Laurie
Cinematography Newton Thomas Sigel
Release date
  • December 31, 2005 (2005-12-31)
Running time
21:13 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Big Empty is a 2005 short film starring Selma Blair about a woman with an unusual condition that baffles scientists and everymen alike. It was written, directed and produced by Lisa Chang and Newton Thomas Sigel. It is based on the short story The Specialist, by Alison Smith. It was executive produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh.



A young woman, Alice (Selma Blair), goes to the gynecologist with a mysterious ache inside her. When one doctor can't figure out just what the problem is, she sees another, and still more, until finally one specialist finds that she has an enormous, empty tundra inside of her, the opening of which is her vagina. She is forced into a media parade, brought onto talk shows so that the specialist can talk about his discovery. Alice is treated coldly, like her emptiness is the only thing important about her, and still she aches. A challenge is put forth to see who would be willing to enter the vast tundra and see where it might lead; several men enter and travel for a long time, but find nothing but ice. One young man enters and does not come back out. At the end, Alice goes to a beach and stands by the water. In a rush, the ice from the emptiness inside her flows out, freezing the ocean, and the young man appears beside her.

The Big Empty's theme song was "Song to the Siren" by This Mortal Coil, which played during the final scene.

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