#992. Magnolia

  • Year: 1999
  • Country: USA
  • Production: Ghoulardi, New Line, 188m
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Producer: Paul Thomas Anderson, JoAnne Sellar, Dylan Tichenor, Michael De Luca
  • Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Photography: Robert Elswit
  • Music: Jon Brion, Aimee Mann
  • Cast: Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Jason Robards, Melora Walters, Felicity Huffman, Michael Murphy, Ricky Jay
  • Oscar Noms: Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Original Song
  • Berlin International Film Festival: Golden Bear, Reader Jury

Abridged Book Description

Filled with biblical allusions, Magnolia makes no secret of grappling with large themes and issues - the meaning of life, the nature of evil, the terms of human connection. What makes this hugely ambitious picture work so well is Anderson's ability to portray these themes by staying focused on the minute details of his characters' bruised inner lives... Magnolia seethes with anger and pain, staggering toward hope - something like redemption - the whole time.

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