Nine Lives (DVD)

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Director Rodrigo Garcia has become a master of short film anthologies, with this, his third venture into the genre. His previous work in this field--THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER (which stitched together five separate stories) and TEN TINY LOVE STORIES (comprised of ten tales)--was shot in 2001, and featured predominantly female casts. The vignettes that make up NINE LIVES follow in the same vein, with Garcia taking brief dips into the lives of various women who are all floundering in relationships with important people in their lives. An all-star cast helps Garcia achieve his vision, and a highly skilled team behind the camera ensures that the action is perfectly executed, as each story is shot in just one single take. Garcia doesn't construct conventional narratives for his stories, he just drops viewers into situations, then pulls them out before any conclusions are reached. Some of the women we are exposed to are Robin Wright Penn, who plays a pregnant woman running into a former lover in a supermarket, resulting in a bout of anguish and self doubt; Ruth (Sissy Spacek), a woman caught up in an affair at a seedy motel; and Holly Hunter, playing a woman alarmed at her boyfriend's antisocial behavior. The stories are thrilling in their inconclusiveness, with Garcia leaving plenty of question marks about where these women are heading with their lives. Indeed, the first story in the film ends just as it seems to be starting, with prison inmate Sandra (Elpida Carrillo) letting out a howling, primal scream as she is pulled away from her daughter by prison guards, leaving the audience hanging in midair as the next story immediately begins. A breathtaking work that plays beautifully with the cinematic medium, NINE LIVES is an exhausting and demanding piece of work.


UPC 043396134218
Studio Sony Pictures
Format DVD
Genre Drama
Rating Restricted
Dimensions 5.5" x 0.5" x 7.5" WxHxD
Weight 0.2 lbs
Stars Elpidia Carrillo, Holly Hunter, Amy Brenneman, Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright Penn, Sissy Spacek, Kathy Baker, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Aidan Quinn, Joe Mantegna, K. Callan, Amanda Seyfried, Andrew Borba, Glenn Close
Directors Rodrigo Garcia
Dimensions 7.5x5.3x0.6
Country of Origin United States

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  • Nine Lives
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    This film is a collection of nine 'shorts'. I originally rented the movie and was so blown away by the performances that I had to own a copy. The individual shorts are powerful, intense, and dark. These are complicated, flawed and very human characters so keep a box of tissues nearby. One viewing of this film is not possible in that some of the shorts tie in to others making the viewer want to watch the film again so as not to miss something.

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