Gritty stories of loss and redemption collide on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles, where a shy mortician falls for a single-mom stripper, and a desperate ex-priest forges an unlikely bond with a transsexual prostitute.
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Eva mendes começa a trabalhar num clube de strip p'ra poder pagar a conta do hospital do seu filho que está em coma. Entretanto aparece um padre suicida, um travesti que se prostitui p'ra ter dinheiro p'ra operaçoes plásticas, e um moço que trabalha numa morgue e faz espectaculos de marionetas nos tempos livres. Mas isto é tudo palha, à beira da cena em que a
Of course there are many films structured like this one, but this one steals too liberally from others (e.g., copying a scene almost verbatim from _Magnolia_, but with a twist!) This tries to deal with some serious (albeit conventional) topics--loss, despair, loneliness, regret, etc.--but provides such unconvincing characters that it is difficult to take seriously. Lisa Kudrow, however, is very good in this.
Criminally underrated. The performances may be over the top to some, but they worked for me. I was not bothered by its hyperlink style (read the Wikipedia article on hyperlink cinema). The performances are quite powerful, and the writing is very good.