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USA, 1999

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Nach seinem gefeierten Erfolg Boogie Nights, erzählt Paul Thomas Anderson in diesem ambitionierten Episodenfilm von einem Tag und einer Nacht im Leben von neun Personen im San Fernando Valley.

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Magnolia Regie Paul Thomas Anderson

Auszeichnungen & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2000 | 3 Gewinne unter anderem: Golden Bear

Academy Awards

2000 | 3 Nominiert unter anderem: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2000 | Gewinner: FIPRESCI Film of the Year

Village Voice Film Poll

1999 | Nominiert: Best Film

The script’s games of doubling . . . reflect an active conceptual intelligence, but at times Magnolia feels like a baggy omnibus made by filmmakers of wildly varying levels of talent. The handling of the botched attempted suicide by stricken game-show host Jimmy Gator (Philip Baker Hall), after facing accusations of molesting his own daughter, is particularly maladroit, as Anderson recoils from the implications of his own material.
December 15, 2017
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Watching an Operating Thetan hold his own within a rogue’s gallery of deeply sympathetic fuck-ups—a wizened Philip Baker Hall, the ever-tender Philip Seymour Hoffman, and uber-schmuck John C. Reilly, to name a few – is akin to cinematic bird-watching. You feel as though you’ve caught some rare creature, alighting for a moment before disappearing into the clouds.
December 23, 2016
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I saw Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia when it was first released in 1999, and the film blew me away. From the minute the movie opened in its glorious and sprawling 35 mm print, I knew I was seeing something that felt new, but was also somehow universal and timeless. The film didn’t just blow me away with its sheer unapologetic excess of emotion –Magnolia practically bleeds tears – but also with its grandiose scale on all levels.
December 16, 2015
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  • ig_____or's rating of the film Magnolia

    PTA's contemporary epic of intertwined lives is a beauty: from the audacity of the script to the spectacular cast (with Tom Cruise delivering probably the best role in his career), the soulful music by Aimee Mann and the rollercoaster of emotions that you feel watching it.

  • Kamran's rating of the film Magnolia

    With rapid editing, montage, multiple climaxes, inter-cutting, etc. there's much to pay attention to and so much more to easily gloss over. Nearly the entire film plays out like its in this perpetual climax where each character is about to explode in relentless emotional expression. Even the music is constantly reaching cathartic heights that mirror climactic shifts, and the... 81/100 - Great.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Magnolia

    For me, this is PTA's magnum opus. It captures the dystopia of the human condition: the dysfunctions, the meltdowns, the humiliations; and still somehow makes you care for each broken character, even the most detestable ones. This is what cinema should be about - raw fucking humanity in all its ugliness and beauty. If I get too disconnected in life, I watch this.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Magnolia

    A mosaic of complicated but deeply human themes. Tom Cruise is absolutely captivating every time he is on screen, and I love the tender performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Magnolia speaks to the universal experience of life's uncontrollable nature, and the limits of forgiveness. Ultimately though, not a film I want to watch over and over again.

  • Scottie Ferguson's rating of the film Magnolia

    A hugely entertaining epic, yes, but so much more than that as well. I don't think I've ever seen a film with such a deep, profound, and poignant understanding of the complexities of human relationships and emotions. Absolutely beautiful.

  • ramosbarajas's rating of the film Magnolia

    There are great performances especially from Moore, and technically it's an excellent film. The story, however, does not work too well for me. It falls short and feels inconclusive. That's egregious since from the beginning it sets out to be 'epic.' I mean, what else could a movie that's 3 hours long be? It just feels very ambitious but ultimately unfinished. But there are still many things to like.

  • Peter Barlow's rating of the film Magnolia

    I cannot begin to encapsulate all this film means to me, but suffice to say, it is one of the films that has shaped the way I thought, felt, and lived for quite some time now. An absolute masterpiece.

  • Kelvane's rating of the film Magnolia

    I love it maybe because I'm a depressive at heart. But the great unifier occurs at the end: and all the character's problems are revealed for what they are: individual, highly specialized pains and frustrations that do not stand up to even a single moment of the grand cohesion.

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