This month the Movie Club will be screening ‘Magnolia’, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring an ensemble cast that includes Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly and Julianne Moore.
‘Magnolia’ tells the story of multiple characters living in LA over the course of one day. These characters each have their own problems but the overarching schema of the film is that their lives coincidentally intertwine. The connections between these characters provide space to deconstruct universal themes of forgiveness, regret, death, fear of failure and failing relationships.
The film opens with a series of coincidences and it is this which sets the tone for the entire film; as the film states: ‘…These strange things happen all the time.’ Characters are caught up in their own lives and their own problems, this is highlighted by the episodic rhythm of the film—moving from one character to another—and seeing how unaware each is of the people so near to them.
The film plays with the idea of coincidence—how we can never really plan or prepare for anything in life. Director Paul Thomas Anderson is making a statement here, the epic-ness of the everyday.
‘Magnolia’ was nominated for two Golden Globes and three Academy Awards.
The film will be screened on Wednesday 8 February at 6pm at Narellan Library, Corner of Queen and Elyard Street, Narellan. Tea, coffee, and biscuits provided, BYO snacks are more than welcome. Stay after the screening for a short discussion about the film.
*Please note this film is rated MA15+ and contains strong coarse language and themes.