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Interwoven 'Lives' is elegant, superbly acted

How much of a story can you tell in 12 to 15 minutes? How much can we learn about people, their history, the traps that their lives have become, in a tale that briefly told?

A lot, it turns out. Writer-director Rodrigo Garcia, who specializes in short-sketch ensemble films assembled around a theme - Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her was his - has rounded up an A-list of actresses (and some pretty good actors, too) for nine short, loosely interconnected stories of loneliness and the relationships that the women cannot seem to escape.

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Nine Lives (Magnolia Pictures) Starring Holly Hunter, Sissy Spacek, Glenn Close, Dakota Fanning. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Rated R. Time 115 minutes.



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