In London, the public relation Helen is fired from her position in a PR company. While returning home, she does not catch the train in the subway. But in another possibility of her life, she catches the train in the subway. The story shows two parallel lives of Helen: in one life, she stays with her boyfriend Gerry, and in the other life, she finds that Gerry cheats her with Lydia and falls in love with James Hammerton. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sydney Pollack spent a lot of time in the editing room. "I got very involved in the editing because it was a picture that required precise editing to know where you were all the time and for the audience to be able to find the movement between the A and B stories," Pollack explained. "I felt that Peter needed some help, so I worked pretty hard on that part of it and was able to make a contribution to it just because it was complicated for a director the first time around." See more »
After having her cut treated at the hospital, Helen returns to the flat. She finds Gerry is not yet dressed and asks if he has only just gotten up, adding that it is 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
Earlier she went to work and was immediately fired, attacked whilst hailing a taxi and taken to hospital, after which she went home. Even allowing some time for travel, it is still unlikely that she was at the hospital for 6 hours. See more »
[Helen walks into the room holding a pregnancy test]
Since last night?
You can't tell from one. They can be inaccurate.
I bought three packets. Two in a packet - that's six. You can tell from six.
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After being fired, Helen (Gwynneth Paltrow) runs to catch a train that, unknown to her, her future hinges on. If she catches it, she'll get home in time to catch her boyfriend Gerry with another woman. If she doesn't, she'll go on not knowing about his infidelity.
This has to be one of the most intriuging plots I've ever seen. Most films would take just one or other of these plots and churn out a typical rom-com, but Sliding Doors turns them into one excellent film. The acting is great (even if Paltrow's accent is at times a little too British and forced) and the plot twists every few seconds. It could have become very confusing, but the direction is good enough that you can easily follow the two stories at once.
There are two things that stop this film being a 10. The first is that the two Helens sometimes seem a little too different from each other to be the same person. Even if they have gone through to different experiences, they don't act the same at all. The second is that the message of the film seems that we don't control our own future-after all, it isnt Helen who decides if she makes it to the train, it all depends on if a little girl is pulled out of the way by her mother in time.
Still, this is a very entertaining film, and definately worth watching. 8/10.
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