Nine Lives (2005)
USA / English
"Every life has a story. And every story has a life of its own.
"Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
I just saw the movie and right now it feels like one of my top all time
favorites. As in up there with Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and
400 Blows and La Dolce Vita. I don't know why ten fragments of stories
should have that power. Maybe because the writing is genius? No
pandering to conventional standards of entertainment, just a great
author mining vein after vein of truth and freeing his brilliant actors
to be intensely fearlessly human at every second. This is the movie
that Crash wishes it was (and I thought Crash was awesome). No
preaching. No "ideas." Just the human heart on display. Amazing that a
woman lying in a hospital bed facing a mastectomy got the biggest
laughs--because Kathy Baker, speaking Rodrigo Garcia's lines, so
completely captured the frustration and helplessness that all of us
have felt that all the audience could do was laugh in recognition. Go
see this one.
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