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Nine Lives (2005)



Critic Consensus: Nine Lives is bolstered by a strong cast and features many insightful glimpses into the lives of women.

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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. Ruth (Sissy Spacek) is a married woman contemplating an affair while visiting Henry (Aidan Quinn) in his hotel room. Diana (Robin Wright Penn) unexpectedly runs into an old boyfriend, Damian (Jason Isaacs), while shopping for groceries. Camilla (Kathy Baker) is a hospital patient awaiting surgery for cancer. Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) is a teenage girl who helps look after her handicapped father Larry (Ian McShane). Sandra (Elpidia Carrillo) is a female prison inmate who is expecting a visit from her children. Sonia (Holly Hunter) lashes out at her boyfriend Martin (Stephen Dillane) when she finds out he's been cheating on her. And Lorna (Amy Brenneman) has an unexpectedly moving encounter with her ex-husband Andrew (William Fichtner) as she pays her respects to his second wife, who has just passed away. Nine Lives premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

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Kathy Baker
as Camille
Mary Kay Place
as Dr. Alma Wyatt
Joe Mantegna
as Richard
Miguel Sandoval
as Dep. Sheriff Ron
Andy Umberger
as Second Male Guard
Chelsea Rendon
as Sandra's Daughter
Pat Musick
as Mourner/Night Manager
Aomawa Baker
as Female Guard
Daniel Edward Mora
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Nine Lives

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (30)

Each woman has to turn herself inside out in continuous time. It has the demands of theatre and the intimacy of cinema.

June 6, 2008 | Full Review…

The stories are sketches, often without resolution, and while individual segments succeed admirably, taken together the portraits are a fitful match.

October 1, 2007 | Rating: B-

Certain characters and their particular pains become so engrossing in their 10-minute bits that it's sad to see them go.

January 8, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's unclear why Garcia continues to choose to limit himself to these diluted portraits, rather than the layered and textured worlds that his writing and directing hint at.

December 31, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

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.

December 31, 2005 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But when a piece works, like Penn's, Garcia's film soars, the over-theatricality of the artifice forgotten amidst the brilliance showcased by the actors onscreen.

December 31, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nine Lives


Let's gather the best possible talent we can and then put them in the most aimless, depressing situations that have no resolution that we can. UGH! Would be one star if not for the talent involved.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The concept is not original at all, that's probably why it has such a low average. If you've seen Crash and Magnolia and you liked it, than I don't see why you wouldn't like this one. Some good solid acting and 'drama for your mama'.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

Couldn't keep my attention very well. Although, like most movies filmed this way... I like to watch how the stories intertwine.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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