Nine Lives
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Filmmaker Rodrigo García takes an unusual look into the lives of nine different women in this episodic drama. Each of the film's nine sequences has been staged as a single shot, using the Steadicam system to allow the camera to follow the action fluidly and without cuts. In these short episodes (lasting between ten and 14 minutes), Holly (Lisa Gay Hamilton) has a brief moment of reverie while confronting the specters of her past in her old neighborhood. Maggie (Glenn Close) escorts her young daughter Maria (Dakota Fanning) to a cemetery as they visit the graves of their family members.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The stories are sketches, often without resolution, and while individual segments succeed admirably, taken together the portraits are a fitful match."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Nine Lives is an elegant film of quick, tour-de-force acting turns, a simple actor's gesture that tells you more than four pages of dialogue, a movie that demands concentration but that rewards the viewer willing to pay attention."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Nine Lives, zero truth"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"In the end, all of the pieces in Nine Lives fit together perfectly. If one story doesn't quite resonate for you, the next one likely will in this small but beautiful film."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A truly amazing film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"If only every women's movie had Nine Lives' fire, intelligence, and conviction, they wouldn't have such a shaky reputation in the first place."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"[Garcia] leaves you thinking deeply about these people. And leaves you wanting more."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Each woman has to turn herself inside out in continuous time. It has the demands of theatre and the intimacy of cinema."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Kathy Baker deserves and Oscar nomination for juggling so many different feelings during her slow, reluctant acquiescence to the drugs that may likely save her life."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"It's as if we're randomly eavesdropping on the private concerns of one particular neighborhood ... a neighborhood that sure has its fair share of heartache."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"Some parts are stronger than others, but as a fleshed-out artistic vision, Nine Lives works remarkably well."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Composed of nine short films, each starring some of the best female actors working, though many of them aren't working enough."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Loss is the common thread that binds the women in these nine snapshots that involve us in their intricate lives. Some stories work beautifully, while others are dull and hardly capture our interest"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Nine Lives had me tense, engaged, sometimes disgusted, sometimes moved, and always interested. Garcia is an ingenious and eloquent storyteller."
‑ Carolyn Arends, Christianity Today
"Nine Lives isn't a master work, but it's still a fascinating piece of filmmaking."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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