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Magnolia

Paul Thomas Anderson's third feature film is an exhilarating, almost reckless display of cinematic ambition. Weaving together more than a dozen characters in several intertwining stories, Anderson creates a mosaic drama that deals with chance, loneliness, love, forgiveness and really odd weather. Through stylish camera movement, rapid-fire editing and a pop song score by Aimee Mann, the director builds each major character's arc to an emotional breakthrough or breakdown. The exceptional ensemble cast helps immeasurably in Anderson's bold attempt to create a universal portrait of need. With Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly and Jason Robards.

Year: 1999
Genre: Art House Cinema, Drama, Film Festivals 2000, Nick's Favourites, Best of the 1990s, Empire Mag's Greatest 201, Spiritual Cinema, Alice Members' Top 100, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Dysfunctional Families
Country: USA
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H Macy, Julianne Moore, John C Reilly, Jason Robards, Melinda Dillon
Duration: 181 Minutes
Rating: R16 - Contains violence, offensive language and drug use.
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