Interwoven `Lives' is elegant, superbly acted

Review B+

April 14, 2006|By ROGER MOORE | ROGER MOORE,ORLANDO SENTINEL

How much of a story can you tell in 12 to 15 minutes? How much can we learn about people, their history, the traps that their lives have become, in a tale that briefly told?

A lot, it turns out. Writer-director Rodrigo Garcia, who specializes in short-sketch ensemble films assembled around a theme - Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her was his - has rounded up an A-list of actresses (and some pretty good actors, too) for nine short, loosely interconnected stories of loneliness and the relationships that the women cannot seem to escape.

Nine Lives (Magnolia Pictures) Starring Holly Hunter, Sissy Spacek, Glenn Close, Dakota Fanning. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Rated R. Time 115 minutes.

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