The story of three people whose lives and fate come together in a car crash. Academic Paul suffers from a fatal heart disease and is waiting for a transplant; Christina, a former drug addict, now leads a calm life with husband and children; Jack, a hot tempered ex-con, seeks redemption in religion.
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A film that tackles the whole multifaceted mixed lives plot better than any I've seen before it. I've seen too many of this sort of films plot become muddied and convoluted. The utter intensity of the emotional struggle that each character faces is directed masterfully by Inarritu. P.S Naomi Watts performance was brilliant she had me in tears.
Stellar cast. Really naked performances. Keeps you gripped and hanging on, you can try to work it out but there is no point, you are only shown what you need to see at the time you need to see it. You just need to go along with the ride and enjoy the film, sharing these lives and what happens to them.
"How many lives do we live? How many times do we die?"
Seen this countless times and yet it never gets old. A sombre story unfolds through clever directing/editing with acting to match. This really is an ensemble piece that is executed to perfection. The musical score also bleeds into each scene at just the right moments, further intensifying the macabre narrative - can't praise this film enough! SK
For the acting alone from all three leads, this movie is worth watching - all three performances are truly masterful. As for the narrative technique, I'm fairly convinced it serves no real purpose and as a result is somewhat frustrating.