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Nine Lives (2005)

 -  Drama  -  2 September 2005 (Italy)
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Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.

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Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.

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Every life has a story. And every story has a life of its own.

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Rated R for language, brief sexual content and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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2 September 2005 (Italy)  »

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Dokuz Kadin  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,387 (USA) (14 October 2005)

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$478,645 (USA) (26 May 2006)
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Quotes

Lorna: What? I don't want to be here with you.
Andrew: I can't stop thinking of you.
Lorna: Andrew.
Andrew: I can't.
Lorna: Andrew, your wife's funeral's in here.
Andrew: She's not my wife. You're my wife. I married her because you left.
Lorna: I have an idea. Why don't you and I make out in front of her dead body? It would excite you, huh?
Andrew: This has nothing to do with her.
Lorna: You don't think so? You don't think this is her day?
Andrew: She's dead now! She doesn't have to worry now!
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Women in Love
31 January 2005 | by (Park City, Utah) – See all my reviews

Director Rodrigo Garcia specializes in directing films composed of numerous vignettes. His characters emerge in more than one segment, creating a tapestry that helps weave together his themes of both connectivity and isolation. He debuted at Sundance in 2001 with Ten Things You Can Tell by Looking at Her, which featured Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Amy Brenneman, Cameron Diaz and many other notables. Close, Hunter and Brenneman all returned for Nine Lives, along with Robin Wright Penn, Dakota Fanning, Sissy Spacek and others.

It is noteworthy that both of these movies are mostly about women, with men allowed only supporting roles, even within such ensemble casts. As Garcia freely admitted in the Sundance Q&A, he writes women better than men. Also evident in the Q&A is that the women of the cast adored him. And they rewarded him with outstanding performances.

Garcia treats his characters with a gentle touch, even when revealing their flaws. We feel compassion for them in their anguish. It is as if we have seen each of these women before, but only in passing. Now we are allowed to gaze into their souls, but never for too long. Garcia tells us enough to empathize, but not enough to judge. It felt like I was walking down a sidewalk on a Sunday afternoon, listening to conversations through open windows, catching only a glimpse of each family, but creating a powerful and lasting impression of the neighborhood. That is Garcia's world. And he is becoming master of the genre.


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