A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
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24 hours in L.A.; it's raining cats and dogs. Two parallel and intercut stories dramatize men about to die: both are estranged from a grown child, both want to make contact, and neither child wants anything to do with dad. Earl Partridge's son is a charismatic misogynist; Jimmy Gator's daughter is a cokehead and waif. A mild and caring nurse intercedes for Earl, reaching the son; a prayerful and upright beat cop meets the daughter, is attracted to her, and leads her toward a new calm. Meanwhile, guilt consumes Earl's young wife, while two whiz kids, one grown and a loser and the other young and pressured, face their situations. The weather, too, is quirky. Written by
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This is easily one of the best films I've ever seen. There are films who are good, some are entertaining and some on the verge of greatness. This film actually achieved what so many fail to do. It's nearly flawless.
Set in LA, the stories of multiple people interwoven with each other. There's the decent and lonely cop Jim (John C. Reilly), a drug abusing and desperate woman (Melora Walters), the daughter of a show master (Philip Baker Hall), his wife (Melinda Dillon), the new and the old quiz kids of his show (Jeremy Blackman and William H. Macy), the dying producer of this show (Jason Robards), his second wife (Julianne Moore), his lost son (Tom Cruise) and his nurse (Philip Seymour Hofmann).
As the film explains in his first scenes unlikely events occur all the time and asks us to sit back and watch them unfold. If you can't do that, you're likely disappointed. If you're willing to accept, that there coincidences and events, that can't be easily explained you're in for a treat.
This is also to the credit of the considerable large cast, who all, no matter how small their part, give incredible performances. Each one has at least one standout scene and together they create a human drama of tremendous passion. The most surprising thing here is Tom Cruise (yes, once upon a time the Star Tom Cruise worked pretty hard to be the actor Tom Cruise) who gives easily the best performance of his entire career.
Apart from the actors the film is impeccably crafted. Paul Thomas Anderson is on the height of his craft here, being responsible not only for the directing, but also for the script, the editing and the producing. This movie surely is his sole achievement.
Magnolia is a very angry film. The people here are abused, drugged, in pain, clueless, struggling through life, trying to find their way only to be confronted with unexpected events. And, besides all this fight, they are all are in a desperate search for love.
One might say that Anderson is unforgiving. For the most part of the film we are confronted with a lot of despair and pain. But, only in the end we sense that there's hope for all of them. That, despite their mistakes and their faults, that they all can be forgiven.
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