21 Grams

21 Grams

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (2003)

119min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The awesome aspiration of 21 Grams is to understand the human soul; the title referring to the weight supposedly lost at the moment of death - a spiritual measure. Showcasing some of the year's finest screen acting - from Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio Del Toro - Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu has created an astonishing account of faith and redemption. As with Iñárritu's first film, the acclaimed Amores Perros, an auto accident links three disparate lives: Watts's husband and two daughters have been run over and killed by Benicio Del Toro's drunk-turned-Jesus freak; Penn's maths professor receives the husband's heart and is eventually drawn into an affair with his widow. Their fates are bound as the extended aftermath of the central tragedy unravels. Iñárritu again uses a non-linear, mosaic narrative technique to lure us into a maze of contradictions that eventually lead to revelation - it is an extraordinary vision.

Summary

Three strangers are brought together by a tragic car accident that changes all their lives. A dying man in need of a heart transplant is forced to contemplate mortality, a devoutly religious ex-convict finds his faith challenged, and a devoted mother with a reckless past must face an uncertain future. Drama, starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Huston and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Cast & Crew

Paul Rivers Sean Penn
Cristina Peck Naomi Watts
Jack Jordan Benicio Del Toro
Michael Danny Huston
Mary Rivers Charlotte Gainsbourg
Cathy Carly Nahon
Laura Claire Pakis
Reverend John Eddie Marsan
Marianne Jordan Melissa Leo
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama