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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.

Director:

Rodrigo García (as Rodrigo Garcia)

Writer:

Rodrigo García (as Rodrigo Garcia)

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9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elpidia Carrillo ... Sandra
Aomawa Baker Aomawa Baker ... Female Guard
Miguel Sandoval ... Deputy Sheriff Ron
Mary Pat Dowhy Mary Pat Dowhy ... Nicole
Andy Umberger ... Second Male Guard
K Callan ... Marisa
Chelsea Rendon ... Sandra's Daughter
Robin Wright ... Diana (as Robin Wright Penn)
Jason Isaacs ... Damian
Sydney Tamiia Poitier ... Vanessa
LisaGay Hamilton ... Holly
Holly Hunter ... Sonia
Stephen Dillane ... Martin
Daniel Edward Mora ... Receptionist
Molly Parker ... Lisa
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

2 September 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

9 vite da donna See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,387, 16 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$478,645, 28 May 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was nominated for the William Shatner Golden Groundhog Award for Best Underground Movie. The other nominated films were Green Street Hooligans (2005), Mirrormask (2005), Up for Grabs (2004) and Opie Gets Laid (2005). 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

Wetlands
Written by Paul Lewis
Courtesy of Promusic
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Women in Love
31 January 2005 | by baho-1See 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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