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Magnolia

 

USA 2000, 189 minutes
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Drama

Topics: Arthouse.

 

Aroview: A sprawling, stylistically-impressive but moribund domestic melodrama about Californian amorality and redemption (of sorts), with interleaved stories and characters that orbit the shallow entertainment fringe in LA's San Fernando Valley.

Tom Cruise and Jason Robards add clout to dir. Anderson's esteemed repertory ensemble - William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Phillip Baker Hall - though they collectively lack a sympathetic dimension. Arguably, it's the audacious Big Event of the movie (at least as a technical accomplishment) that registers as the film's highlight, otherwise it's likely to divide viewers along similar lines to contentious fare like EYES WIDE SHUT and HAPPINESS.

NZ International Film Festival 2000

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