Nine Lives (2005)

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German title Nine lives
Original title Nine lives
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2005
length 115 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Rodrigo García
script Rodrigo García
production Julie Lynn
music Ed Shearmur
camera Xavier Pérez Grobet
cut Andrea Folprecht

Nine Lives is an American drama film directed by Rodrigo García in 2005 . The episode film tells nine stories about different women.


Imprisoned Sandra is only allowed to be visited by her little daughter once a month and collapses when the intercom in the visitors' room goes on strike.

Heavily pregnant Diana meets her old love Damian in the supermarket. Both are now married.

Holly returns to her childhood home to confront her stepfather, who once sexually abused her. She meets her younger sister.

Sonia struggles with her husband Martin's emotional distance, who then exposes her in front of her friends Lisa and Damian.

Samantha mediates between her parents Ruth and Larry, who no longer speak to each other.

Lorna meets her ex-husband Andrew at his wife's funeral. Some guests blame Lorna for her suicide, because Andrew still clearly loves her.

Ruth plans an affair with the drunken widower Henry. A phone call from her daughter makes her feel guilty.

Camille is about to undergo breast cancer surgery and uses her waiting time to harshly criticize her husband Richard.

Maggie is having a picnic with her daughter Maria - in a cemetery.

Some stories are linked. Holly meets up as a nurse in the story "Camille". Sandra's guardian also appears as Holly's father. The story "Ruth" shows the arrest of Sandra, whereupon Henry philosophizes with Ruth about illusions. In the following story “Maggie”, her daughter Maria turns out to be such an illusion. The child had previously been very happy about grapes, which were apparently her favorite fruit. At the end of the scene Maggie - suddenly alone - lays the grapes on a grave.


Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote that the film conveyed "a feeling of deep empathy and connection" and was radically realistic.

Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the actresses acted with such intensity that one could not avert one's eyes.

Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune awarded the film 4 out of 5 stars and described it as "one of the most interesting American films today". It is "an exciting and dramatic showcase for a brilliant cast".

Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times named the film a rare example of an episode film that actually forms a cumulative overall work and does not just lead from one section to the next. García's large ensemble is flawless and creates a subtle, unforgettable strip.

James Berardinelli wrote on ReelViews that the film was "without a punchline" and a "failed experiment". He either doesn't tell a story or tells too many of it. However, Berardinelli praised the cast.


The film won four prizes at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2005 . Robin Wright Penn and Rodrigo García as screenwriters were nominated for the 2005 Satellite Award . The cast was nominated for the Gotham Award in 2005. Rodrigo García won an award at the Bogota Film Festival in 2005 as a director and was nominated for another award at the festival.

Rodrigo García as director and screenwriter and Robin Wright Penn were nominated for the Independent Spirit Award in 2006. Elpidia Carrillo won the 2006 ALMA Award , Rodrigo García was nominated as a director for the same award.


The shooting took place in Los Angeles within 17 days. The production costs were approximately 500 thousand US dollars . The film grossed $ 478,645 in US cinemas through May 28, 2006. It was shown in up to 33 cinemas at the same time.


  1. Release certificate for Nine Lives . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , January 2009 (PDF; accessed on June 13, 2014).
  2. ^ New York Times , October 14, 2005
  3. Chicago Sun-Times , October 28, 2005
  4. Chicago Tribune , August 24, 2007 ( Memento of the original from July 25, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Los Angeles Times , October 14, 2005
  6. ^ Review by James Berardinelli
  7. Filming locations for Nine Lives
  8. Business Data for Nine Lives

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