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Release Date: January 9th, 2004

DVD Release Date: March 16th, 2004

R|2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary
In a film that plays with the idea of straightforward storytelling, a group of troubled people find that they are linked in unpredictable ways. Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) is an academic dealing with a terminal heart condition, but his life is changed by a car crash that seems unrelated to his ailment. The traffic accident, involving ex-con Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro) and the husband of Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts), is one that ruins lives but ultimately also resurrects them.

Cast: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melissa Leo, Clea Duvall, Danny Huston, Paul Calderone

Director: Alejandro Iñárritu

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Y Production, This Is That Productions

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Gripping, Dark, Transformation, Tense, Love, Death, 2000s, Rescue, House, Hospital, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A stunning virtuoso performance by director, cast and crew. This movie knocks you out with an astonishing blend of hyper-realism, visual complexity and powerful themes. show more

  • This sad, staggering drama should be seen: out of the grimness, and the profound calamity, you can almost taste life in your mouth. show more

  • Mr. Penn has been praised lavishly for his work in "Mystic River," in a role that was no reach for him at all, but this is one of the stand-out performances of his career, layered and exquisitely nuanced. And, remarkably, he's only one-third of a stellar ensemble.

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Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)