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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Stories Of Lost Souls (2005)

Six unconnected short films by six different directors filmed at different periods (1999-2002) and in three different countries (Australia, England and the U.S.) collected under the title STORIES OF LOST SOULS: an alcoholic (James Gandolfini) wakes up to not only find his wife and kids are gone but so is all the furniture, a man (Paul Bettany) bets his sports car against a bottle of champagne, a group of people (Hugh Jackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Gambon, Andy Serkis, Joanna Lumley) wait in line for tickets to a play, a 32 year old man (Stephen Mangan) hits on a girl (Keira Knightley) at a party not realizing she's 15 years old, a soldier (Billy Boyd) in outer space must contend with loneliness, a woman (Cate Blanchett) undergoes a breakdown while cooking dinner. Like all portmanteau films, the episodes vary in quality but none of them are especially good. Gandolfini and Blanchett get to give flashy performances but it's the near silent performance of Boyd as the sniper in space that stood out the most, perhaps because it was the most subtle. 

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