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21 Grams (2003)

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.
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This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. Written by Miguel Cane (Stepford@yahoo.com)

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How much does life weigh? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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16 January 2004 (USA)  »

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21 gram  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$274,454 (USA) (21 November 2003)

Gross:

$16,248,701 (USA) (19 March 2004)
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The story in Cruising Paradise that the pictures are marking is called "The Hero is in His Kitchen". It revolves around a payphone conversation between two men, one in Tucson, Arizona and the other in Los Angeles, California. One of the last things said on the last page of the story (the one the pictures are marking) is "Don't buckle under the weight of a heavy heart!" See more »

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Christina crosses the street as traffic is stopped at a green light. See more »

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[first lines]
Michael: Check, please.
Cathy: Look Daddy, a volcano.
[Cathy blows bubbles into her soft drink]
Michael: It's very pretty. Drink up your volcano. All right. We're going. Mommy's waiting.
Cathy: Daddy, please. Just one more minute.
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A María Eladia, Pues cuando ardió la pérdida Reverdecieron sus maizales See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Best of 2003 (2004) See more »

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Cut Chemist Suite
(1998)
Written by Chali 2na, Ulises Bella (as Ulises Baldomero Bella), William Abers (as Willy Abers),
Jose Espinosa (as Jose Ines Espinosa), William Marrufo, Raul Pacheco (as Raul Pacheco Jr.),
, Justin Poree, Asdrubal Sierra, Jiro Yamaguchi, Pablo Castorena,
, Alfredo Ortiz and Cut Chemist (as Lucas Christian MacFadden)
Performed by Ozomatli
Courtesy of Almo Sounds, Inc.
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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Iñárritu delivers a film that may well live up to its hype and then some.
19 January 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

21 Grams features performances by Sean Penn, Benecio Del Torro and Naomi Watts that are remarkable not only for their believability, but also for the range of gut wrenching emotion they bring to bear. Telling his story almost violently out of sequence, Iñárritu makes no apology for presenting information in a manner that is often abrupt and/or confusing. His choice to juxtapose a myriad of images to reveal the complexities and subtleties of the characters challenges the viewer even as it elevates the story.

Each of the three main characters faces a series of crises that unfold in the fullness of Iñárritu's version of time. By so carefully painting characters' surroundings along with their reactions to the events that change their lives, lead characters are stripped to the bone. The supporting cast is nothing short of miraculous (notably Clea Duvall, Charlotte Gainsborg and Melissa Leo) and completes a wonderfully complex series of portraits of the three main characters.

Like few films in recent memory, 21 Grams fully reveals what it is to be human in the clutches of life's most challenging moments.


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