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Nine Lives

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Source: Catholic News Service

Finely acted nine-part anthology with a central female character in each segment: prison inmate Sandra (Elpidia Carrillo); pregnant Diana (Robin Wright Penn) reconnecting with her old flame in the supermarket; powder keg Holly (Lisa Gay Hamilton) seething with serious stepfather issues; Sonia (Holly Hunter), with a troubled relationship below the surface; teenage Samantha (Amanda Seyfried), caught between sparring parents; Lorna (Amy Brenneman), meeting her ex-husband at his wife's funeral; married Ruth (Sissy Spacek), checking into a motel with her would-be lover; Camille (Kathy Baker), facing a mastectomy; and Maggie (Glenn Close) and daughter Maria (Dakota Fanning) visiting a grave. Writer-director Rodrigo Garcia has fashioned a thoughtful -- often sad -- reflection on mankind's interconnection, with extraordinarily natural-sounding dialogue, which together with the performances, surmount some slow patches. Profanity and rough language, premarital sex, some sexual talk and a nongraphic sexual encounter, attempted suicide and murder, and an abortion discussion. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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