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Nine Lives (2005)
An Intricate Crossword Of Character's
Rodrigo Garcia's film is a finely interwoven tale of nine lives illumined by sharp & spare writing & wonderful actors bringing them to life on screen.
As the movie begins with Elpidia Carillo sweeping the corridors in prison one get's the feeling it is a documentary rather than a feature. However,as the tale unfold's one is quickly drawn into perhaps the most intimate form of storytelling or narrative since Ingmar Bergman's films achieved the same on screen.
Quite seamlessly we careen along with the nine lives as they unfold putting pieces together and marveling at the tensile strength of each episode & the artistry which connects one to the other.
Hooray for ensemble films !!!! CRASH & NINE LIVES have demonstrated that ensemble films can be intelligently made and curiously reflect life more accurately than the linearity of a single story.Our lives are all strangely interconnected ; a fact HOOLYWOOD has ignored for many years but is now beginning to acknowledge.
In the Morning (2005)
Powerful & Thought Provoking
I saw this film at a short film festival held at the end of last year.I was amazed by it's powerful narrative and deft camera work. Also remarkable is the amount it manages to convey in a rather short span of film time.Beautifully enacted and edited it never fails to be convincing.Kudos to Danielle Lurie for making a wonderful short on a very difficult subject.
The film attempt's to explore "honour killing's" a tradition which is pretty widespread in certain cultures.
Lurie's film explore's one such family of Turkish origin whose daughter is raped one night while returning home. The film then goes on to narrate the aftermath of the same.