Nine Lives Reviews
When Dakota Fanning asks her film mom Glenn Close in the last of the vignettes why people say cats have nine lives and the mother answers they haven't it captures pretty much the tone of the film. The main themes of love, parent-child relationships and death are all in this one scene.
It's also the last of the nine short stories the film consists of - and that's much more likely the fact that named the film. These about 12 minute sequences - altogether long takes with female leads - some of them loosely connected - are pretty decent stuff.
Beside an intriguing cast and great performances it's also very well-written and perfectly executed. Sometimes it resembles a theater play more than a film and I wonder if it would have been a better choice do actually do it as a play...
Out of the nine stories, I liked all of them pretty well. My three favourites though were the first one of female inmate Sandra trying to talk to her daughter. Then the story about Diana, a pregnant woman encountering her former love after about ten years of absence and last but not least Lorna's tale - she visits the funeral of her ex-husbands new wife.
I wouldn't call it a chick flick and I thoroughly liked the way it was done but I felt I couldn't connect with all the female characters as much as they'd deserve.