Nine Lives

66. Nine Lives (2005) [Rated R for language, brief sexual content and some disturbing images.]

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

directed by: Rodrigo Garcia

starring: Robin Wright, Holly Hunter, Molly Parker, Lisa Gay Hamilton, K Callan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Jason Isaacs, Miguel Sandoval, Amanda Seyfried, Sissy Spacek, Ian McShane, Amy Brenneman, Mary Kay Place, William Fichtner, Aidan Quinn, Kathy Baker, Joe Mantegna, Glenn Close, Dakota Fanning

A Trailer

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Kyle Smith
James Bowman

Abortion/Life Content:

Stephen Dillane: See, this is why we have these huge battles. Because we make a decision… a good one, to make things better for ourselves… then we don’t stick to it.

Molly Parker: Don’t get angry with her.

Stephen: I’m not angry, I’m not. I just… I love her. I love you, Sonia. I just wish we could stick to a single thing we agree on. I’ll give you another example. We always said that we wouldn’t get pregnant… before being together for four years.

Holly Hunter: I don’t wanna talk about this.

Stephen: We’re close to these guys.

Holly: Martin, come on.

Stephen: No, they’re our closest friends. We can talk to them about this. So we agreed on four years, and after six months, we slip and we get pregnant. So we both agree, at first, that we don’t want the baby. So we set a date to get… To take care of it, you know? Then I’m out sick for two weeks. Walking pneumonia. And we have to cancel. By the time I’m back on my feet again, Sonia’s changed her mind. She wants the baby. So I sit down with her, and we go over all the reasons… why we said we didn’t want children yet. And we set another appointment to take care of it. And while we’re waiting for it to come up, I start getting cold feet. I wasn’t as torn as she was in the first place… but, you know, I started thinking, “Are we doing the right thing?” “Maybe we should have the ####ing baby.” And I don’t say anything to her… because, you know, I don’t want to confuse the issue any more… so I keep it to myself and it’s okay. But it could have been messy. We should have stuck to our guns. We shouldn’t have got pregnant. We were sloppy. We did the right thing in the end, but we were sloppy, like we are.

Holly: Can I use your bathroom?



The fourth film is Sonia, which follows Holly Hunter’s character, as she nags the s### out of her haggard beau, Martin (Stephen Dillane), as they go over to visit their married friends, Lisa (Molly Parker) and Damian (Jason Isaacs) – the erst-lover of the second film’s Diana. The couple bickers the bulk of this film over small things like her elevator phobia until, as they settle down with their friends, she gets all passive-aggressive on him, embarrasses him, and he responds by revealing a schism they had over an abortion she had several years before. The film ends with the couple pouting and sulking. There is no grand revelation here, even over the abortion. What the film shows, though, is how couples truly react to each other. Will this one make it? Could be, or not. Therein the real drama, realistically conveyed.

from James Bowman:

But in the end does this additional information about Damian cast any light at all on his relationship with Lisa, or on their joint encounter with Sonia and Martin? It seems to cry out to do so, particularly as the immediate casus belli between the latter pair is an abortion hitherto almost undiscussed. Yet it remains an inert datum tucked away in Sonia and Martin’s little psychodrama.

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