Magnolia

Paul Thomas Anderson

A dazzling epic of fate in the course of one day in the San Fernando Valley, the film opens with a short story about some “true-life” examples of coincidence designed to show us that some events can’t “just happen” and that there must be more to it. The film then focuses on the lives of a handful of characters — a game show host, a sex guru, a police officer, a dying father, a male nurse and a drug addict to name a few. The acting is almost flawless, and the direction is faultless.

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