(out of 5)
Excellent ensemble piece takes a look at the private moments in the everyday lives of seven completely different and fascinating women. Woven loosely together but completely separate as well, the stories start with Glenn Close as a lonely doctor taking care of her aging mother and waiting for a phone call from a new flame in her life. Calista Flockhart shows up at her doorstep as a tarot card reader to give Close a little insight into her own dreams and fears. Holly Hunter is up next (the best of all the segments), as a bank manager in love with a married man and faced with the decision of her life when she finds out she is pregnant with their baby. Next comes Kathy Baker as a schoolteacher and aspiring children’s book writer who befriends a new neighbour while coming to grips with her son’s sudden maturity at the young age of 15. Flockhart returns, this time with her dying lover (Valeria Golino), as they ruminate on their better days. The last chapter involves detective Amy Brenneman and the conversations she carries on with her blind sister (Cameron Diaz) in between their various dinner dates and job duties. The most intimate aspects of these characters and their emotions is never shied away from a single bit by first-time director Rodrigo Garcia, and he’s never let down for a moment by these exceptional women, all of whom outdo themselves to produce some very fine character work.
Franchise Pictures, Avnet/Kerner Productions, LTZ II Inc.
Directed by Rodrigo Garcia
Screenplay by Rodrigo Garcia
Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki
Music by Ed Shearmur
Production Design by Jerry Fleming
Costume Design by George L. Little
Film Editing by Amy E. Duddleston