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Nine Lives (2005)

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

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(as Rodrigo Garcia)

Writer:

(as Rodrigo Garcia)

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9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Aomawa Baker ...
Female Guard
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Deputy Sheriff Ron
Mary Pat Dowhy ...
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Second Male Guard
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Sandra's Daughter
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Diana (as Robin Wright Penn)
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Sonia
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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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief sexual content and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

2 September 2005 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

9 vite da donna  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$478,645 (USA) (26 May 2006)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Every permanent member of the crew owns a piece of the film. See more »

Quotes

Holly: Hey, what was that, um- that song we used to sing form pre-school? You know, the one about the- the planting of the seeds?
[sniffs]
Holly: You know, you know, um, ah- wi- wi- "with fertile ground"?
Vanessa: I don't know.
Holly: Come.
[laughs]
Holly: Sing-a-long, you know it.
Vanessa: Um, it's -
[singing]
Vanessa: "Inch by inch..."- right?
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Connections

Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Whale Watching
Written by Jaime Perkins
Courtesy of Promusic
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The Kind of Movie Making that Restores Faith in the Medium
27 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Columbian director and writer Rodrigo García (Things you can tell just by looking at her, multiple episodes of Six Feet Under, Carnivale, The Sopranos, Fathers and Sons, etc) does what few writer/directors are capable of: García observes the human condition, finds the stories that such observations suggests, fleshes out these ideas into vignettes, and then weaves them into a tapestry of a film that is simply breathtaking.

NINE LIVES is simply the reporting of nine women and their surrounding characters who are coping with an emotional crisis involving relationships with a parent, child, lover, husband, or sister and the manner in which each woman deals with keeping her life intact despite the trials of everyday living. Imagine walking down a street, as a flaneur, observing glimpses of a person and conversation that lasts only as long as the time you approach, pause and pass on by and you have an idea of the technique García uses. These little short stories are the stuff of life we all encounter: García pauses long enough to let them make an impact.

Part of the beauty of this film is the sterling cast which includes some of our finest actors - Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, K Callan, Glenn Close, Stephen Dillane, Dakota Fanning, Holly Hunter, Jason Isaacs, Joe Mantegna, Ian McShane, Mary Kay Place, Aidan Quinn, Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn - the list goes on. There is a sense of ensemble commitment to this film despite that only occasionally do the characters overlap. The writing is terse, understated, always saying just enough to arrest our attention before moving on, much the way life keeps passing. A very fine work, and one that reminds us that great movies from quiet stories come. Grady Harp


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