Nine Lives is an award winning, moving exploration of the individual experiences of nine everyday women as told through nine single unbroken takes. As characters from one story reappear in supporting roles in others, direc... more »tor Rodrigo Garcia interweaves a grand tapestry of storytelling as he reveals nine unique women who meet the travails and disappointments of life with a resilience that is at once heartening and heartbreaking.« less
Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY Reviewed on 8/18/2013...
Certainly there were some good stars in this movie, and it is chick flick that is better then some. It needs to be watched more than once as certain events mesh between the segments and it can be easy to miss them.
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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 1/27/2013...
A great cast along with terrific writing makes a great movie for me and this one is exceptional! Sissy Spacek, Holly Hunter, Kathy Baker, Mary Kay Place, and Amy Brenneman are especially great as women with life stories well worth hearing.
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Sandra S. (ratracesandra) from CUMMING, GA Reviewed on 9/10/2008...
Hard life stories of which most women I'm sure can relate to, if not, it will pull at your heart-strings. Emotions run raw in some of these stories.......
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Barbara S. (gallagirl) from GLOVERSVILLE, NY Reviewed on 5/26/2008...
definitley a "chick flick" don't make the guy in your life sit down to this one. Some stories were more interesting than othersaand all the women are in very different places in life so most ladies will have a story close to their heart. I liked how many of the stories connected to one another by a character of a setting. very nice with a glass of wine and some alone time.
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K. Corn | Indianapolis,, IN United States | 03/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What this film IS: A thoughtful exploration of individual moments in the lives of many different women, all of them facing some crisis or difficulty. It is also the closest thing to a short story collection I've seen on film - if the short stories cut straight to the climax of each story (read on, you'll understand what I mean).
What this film is NOT: A suspense or escape thriller with all the answers handed to the viewer at the conclusion. This isn't a "feel good" flick, although there are parts which are touching and warm. It is intense and if you don't pay attention, you'll miss subtle but crucial moments.
I was stuck by the amazing complexity in the lives of each of these women (and their men as well) and by the rather audacious decison by the director to leave lots of questions unanswered, allowing the viewer to imagine what happens next to each character, to fill in the spaces...or just to keep wondering about the whys and wherefores.
You see each women at a major moment in her life but you don't really know the entire backstory, nor do you know what will happen next. A pregnant woman meets her old boyfriend in a grocery store and the moment sets off a shockwave of emotion. Another woman confronts her stepfather, gun in hand, but...why? Was there sexual abuse? Or something else that has left her so angry, unhinged and desperate? A young girl seems to be managing to keep peace in her home, to look after her disabled father and to keep her parents together - or is she? Sometimes one woman will show up in another woman's episode, so that there is some overlap and you get a chance to see another side of a person's character.
If you don't like loose ends, I'd suggest you stay away from this film. But I loved it, love the acknowledgment that sometimes there are crucial moments that may be AS important - or MORE important- than the moments that came before or since. Pivotal moments. And does it really matter what happens next? To see more might actually make the crucial moment less intense, less meaningful.
An extremely creative, daring, magical film!
IF YOU GET THE DVD: There are some very nice special features in the DVD, including interviews with the actresses who give THEIR interpretation of the characters they play. This led to some new insights as I listened to them speak about what they thought of their characters and what motivated them. There are other "behind the scenes" moments which show how certain parts of the film were set up and shot."
Every life has a story. And every story has a life of its o
Cinephiliac | Los Angeles, CA | 11/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The film, which is written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia ("Things You Can Tell By Looking At Her"), is a compilation of sympathetic vignettes centering on the lives of nine dissimilar women. Each abbreviated episode (10 to 12 minutes) has been staged as a continuous Steadicam shot and focuses in on one particular woman. Each woman's episode in the film is self-sustaining, although the occasional character can overlap into another woman's storyline - sometimes overlapping at the corners and sometimes as a more fully developed presence.
Sandra (Edpidia Carrillo) is a hard luck prison inmate at a woman's correctional facility awaiting a visit from her daughter. A very pregnant Diana (Robin Wright Penn) has a bittersweet and poignant chance encounter with an ex-lover, Damian (Jason Isaacs), while late night grocery shopping. Holly (Lisa Gay Hamilton) spirals out of control upon returning to her childhood home after a long absence. Lorna (Amy Brenneman) finds both a chilly and an unforeseen reception while attending the funeral of her ex-husband's (William Fichtner) second wife. Sonia (Holly Hunter) and her boyfriend, Martin (Stephen Dillane), have a bitter and inappropriate argument while visiting another couple in their new apartment. Ruth (Sissy Spacek) contemplates having an adulterous affair with Henry (Aidan Quinn). My favorite storyline is that of a hospital patient, Camilla (Kathy Baker), and her husband, Richard (Joe Mantegna). Awaiting a preoperative visit from her surgeon, Camilla is anxious and angry, lashing out at everyone, but especially Richard. Poor Richard (who wants to be supportive and comfort his wife) cannot seem to say anything right. It is only after receiving a sedative injection that Camilla finally becomes calm, allowing Richard to safely approach her, and permitting the audience to see the tenderness which is at the core of their relationship.
It is quite apparent that director Rodrigo Garcia genuinely likes women and accepts them despite their flaws and imperfections. Each woman's storyline (with one exception) feels authentic, as if the audience had just intruded on a particular woman's life, leaving you to draw your own conclusions and fill in any back-story. "
Stunning, intense, and emotional
Maudeen Wachsmith | Port Townsend, WA | 03/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a great, stunning, emotional movie! These nine vignettes, each about 12 minutes long, feature very different women from all walks of life, each of them who could be said is stuck in some kind of emotional rut - some more deep than others, some of which they have control of and some they don't. We start out with Sandra in LA County Jail who is trying her best but whose emotions are right at the surface and a seemingly minor incident spells disaster for her. Then Diana played exquisitely by the fabulous Robin Wright Penn who runs into her old love, Damian, in the supermarket years after their relationship has ended; the one gesture by Damian just broke my heart. Other standouts include Sissy Spacek as the wife of a disabled man (Deadwood's Ian McShane) who shows up in two of the vignettes and Amy Brenneman as he ex-wife of a man whose wife has just committed suicide. All the stories are so vivid, so intense that I am glad I saw it on DVD instead of in a theater as I found I was forced to take a break in the middle. There were several that moved me to tears. This is really great film making and absolutely highly recommended."
Nine sad and inconclusive stories. I found them all depress
Linda Linguvic | New York City | 05/07/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This 2005 film includes nine different vignettes. All of them are about turning points in women's lives. There's some star power here including Glenn Close, Dakola Fanning and Holly Hunter and the acting is excellent
Each story is short, to the point, and inconclusive. They also all have an aura of sadness and loss. Yes, the technical aspects of this film are good and the concept is interesting. But, frankly, I don't like short stories. Even in my reading experiences I usually go for a long, well developed work. Some of the characters in one story do appear in a minor role in another. But this just seems like a trick for device.
All the stories have emotional impact but frankly I found them depressing. Therefore, I can't recommend this to anyone but the most dedicated film buff."
Uneven Collection of Ministories
Donegal Dan | Southwest United States | 04/25/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am not a fan of this kind of movie so I did not have high expectations except as to the quality of the cast. I was not disappointed in either regard. The stories of the individual women--snippets of their lives--were unrelentingly depressing, presenting moments of insight into some of the less admirable qualities of their personalities or the darker side of their histories. The acting was fine but could only do so much with a set of often rather incomprehensible vignettes that leave you feeling like you need a good laugh."