21 Grams

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(out of 5)


This is a powerful tale of love lost and souls redeemed that, like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s previous feature Amores Perros has complete strangers linked by a tragic car accident.   plays an ex-drug addict who reformed when she married and had two little daughters, but finds herself spiraling back to her old habit after all three of her family members are run over by ex-con  and left to die.  plays a dying mathematician who is given a second chance by a heart donation from Watts’s deceased husband. Needing to know who saved his life, Penn seeks Watts out and falls in love with her, and she convinces him that they need to find Del Toro to kill him. This film is told in a fragmented narrative style, with no two scenes following each other in sequence, but Inarritu’s incredibly assured direction is so clear that no audience member will find themselves confused as the story gets under way. The acting is pristine, from the three leads as well as  as Penn’s long-suffering wife and  as Del Toro’s conflicted spouse. Penn outdoes his work in the same year in Mystic River and Watts is particularly mesmerizing.


, Y Productions

USA, 2003

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2003


Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Benicio Del Toro as “Jack Jordan”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Naomi Watts as “Cristina Peck”)


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