Nine Lives

September 2nd, 2005


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Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.8/10 (4,278 voted)

Critic's Score: 80/100

Director: Rodrigo García

Stars: Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Glenn Close

Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.

Elpidia Carrillo - Sandra
Aomawa Baker - Female Guard
Miguel Sandoval - Deputy Sheriff Ron
Mary Pat Dowhy - Nicole
Andy Umberger - Second Male Guard
K Callan - Marisa
Chelsea Rendon - Sandra's Daughter
Robin Wright - Diana (as Robin Wright Penn)
Jason Isaacs - Damian
Sydney Tamiia Poitier - Vanessa
Lisa Gay Hamilton - Holly
Holly Hunter - Sonia
Stephen Dillane - Martin
Daniel Edward Mora - Receptionist
Molly Parker - Lisa

Taglines: Every life has a story. And every story has a life of its own.


Official Website: Magnolia Pictures | Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 2 September 2005

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $500,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $28,387 (USA) (16 October 2005) (7 Screens)

Gross: $478,645 (USA) (28 May 2006)

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Did You Know?

One of the two movies released in 2005 starring 'Glenn Close', 'Jason Isaacs' and 'William Fichtner' as part of the ensemble casting, the other film being The Chumscrubber.

Maria: Who waters the lawn here?
Maggie: There are sprinklers on timers.
Maria: So nobody sees it, because they're all on timers and everybody's dead.

User Review

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Director Rodrigo Garcia specializes in directing films composed of numerous vignettes. His characters emerge in more than one segment, creating a tapestry that helps weave together his themes of both connectivity and isolation. He debuted at Sundance in 2001 with Ten Things You Can Tell by Looking at Her, which featured Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Amy Brenneman, Cameron Diaz and many other notables. Close, Hunter and Brenneman all returned for Nine Lives, along with Robin Wright Penn, Dakota Fanning, Sissy Spacek and others.

It is noteworthy that both of these movies are mostly about women, with men allowed only supporting roles, even within such ensemble casts. As Garcia freely admitted in the Sundance Q&A, he writes women better than men. Also evident in the Q&A is that the women of the cast adored him. And they rewarded him with outstanding performances.

Garcia treats his characters with a gentle touch, even when revealing their flaws. We feel compassion for them in their anguish. It is as if we have seen each of these women before, but only in passing. Now we are allowed to gaze into their souls, but never for too long. Garcia tells us enough to empathize, but not enough to judge. It felt like I was walking down a sidewalk on a Sunday afternoon, listening to conversations through open windows, catching only a glimpse of each family, but creating a powerful and lasting impression of the neighborhood. That is Garcia's world. And he is becoming master of the genre.