Intersecting Stories. Please recommend

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  1. Holadem

    Holadem Lead Actor

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    I love movies that feature intersecting stories built around the same theme. I have watched the following:

    Magnolia
    Amores Perros
    Traffic
    13 Conversations about one thing
    - I knew I would like this one just from the title
    The Hours - (somewhat)

    I am probably forgetting a few others. Every single one of these movies is a 3 1/2 to 4 stars material in my book.

    Now, all these movie were released in this decade. Surely, in 100+ years of cinema, there must have been dozens of excellent such movies made. Please recommend away.

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  2. Paul_D

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    Short Cuts
     
  3. Brent Bridgeman

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    Short Cuts is one that comes to mind.

    Edit : Doh! Too slow on the draw!
     
  4. Elizabeth S

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    I love these types of movies as well!

    Alias Betty (coming to DVD 3/11)
    Lantana
     
  5. Eric_E

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    Pulp Fiction
     
  6. Michael Reuben

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    Nashville (1975).

    And when you get the opportunity, the currently-in-limited release Lawless Heart.

    M.
     
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    The Red Violin

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  8. Joseph Young

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    Lantana

    update: Chunking Express. Great film, available on DVD, and definitely with intersecting threads (the 'Happy Together' reference reminded me)

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  9. Ricardo C

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    Would Higher Learning qualify?
     
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    reservoir dogs? although i feel pulp fiction is far superior

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    Short Cuts.

    GREAT sig, Paul.
     
  12. Brad Porter

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    Try John Sayles' Lone Star. It has many intersecting characters and the general theme seems to be an exploration of father-son relationships. Great movie.

    You might also like Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter. It follows a non-linear path centered around a lawyer and his attempts to bring forth a lawsuit in a community devastated by a school bus tragedy. By intermixing his very personal reflections on his own life with the events surrounding the lawsuit which occurred a year earlier, you get an amazing portrait of both the lawyer and some of the people of the community. It doesn't use separate stories united by a theme, but it does intermingle separate events in a compelling way. Also a great movie.

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    Memento
     
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    Crimes and Misdemeanors

    I'm only recommending the Martin Landau subplot. The Woody Allen subplot didn't do anything for me.
     
  15. Brad Porter

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    I forgot to recommend Sunshine. Ralph Fiennes repeatedly appears as the central character as the story follows multiple generations of a family. (He plays the grandfather, the father, and the son - each while they are young and establishing themselves in society). It's like three different movies which flow together based upon the familial relationships, and it takes place during the late 19th and early to middle 20th centuries in central Europe.

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  17. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Some good recommendations so far.

    Here's a few more:

    Before the Rain - Explores the political/religious strife in Macedonia using a structure quite similar to Pulp Fiction.

    Grand Hotel - Various characters interact in a posh Berlin hotel. One of the greats.

    Unfortunately, neither one of these is available on DVD. [​IMG]
     
  18. Angelo.M

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    A film I enjoyed far more than I expected to:

    Go

    Also allow me to second the criminally-overlooked:

    The Red Violin
     
  19. Holadem

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    Whoa, lots of recommendations, thanks! I have watched Lantana, Red Violin (why don't I own this yet?), Pulp Fiction (I am the only soul on the planet who didn't like it...).

    I don't think Reservoir Dogs qualifies. Or Memento for that matter.

    The rest is going into my Nexflix queue [​IMG]

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  20. ChuckDeLa

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    Possession was kind of like The Hours in its narrative structure (and a darn good movie too).
     

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