Magnolia

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Alors que l'orage est sur le point d'éclater sur Los Angeles, le destin va inexorablement rapprocher neuf personnages dont la vie va être transformée. Toutes ces vies se débattent, se frôlent, s'entrecroisent au gré du hasard. Certains cherchent le pardon, d'autres simplement une issue. De situations incroyables en retournements spectaculaires, leurs histoires, hilarantes, folles, pathétiques, émouvantes, magnifiques se mélangent...comme la vie. Une seule chose est sûre : tout peut arriver. Et personne n'oubliera cette journée... (Metropolitan FilmExport)

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J*A*S*M 

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anglais As an objector of excessive duration, I’m frankly surprised with how much fun I had with this long film without a consistent plot. When I read in the synopsis that it was about “nine stories”, I thought that it’d be very complicated, that I would get lost, that I wouldn’t enjoy it, etc… But those nine stories are quite simple and straightforward and could be described in a couple of lines. The script switches among them without forcing it, consciously, clearly, and without ever confusing or cheating the viewer. It’s one of those films that, despite the not very straightforward plot, doesn’t demand you squeeze your brain for the whole three hours, it demands your empathy. If you manage to relate to the stories of those characters, you’ll love Magnolia. Otherwise, the film has four highlights: the very beginning, a long and incredibly well escalated scene right in the middle, the scene with the song and the final story about a frog. These four moments make it deserving of five stars. 90 % ()

Marigold 

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anglais Nine instruments that each initially play their own melodies. Nine rays that come down... And a camera that seems to wander aimlessly through the stories of different people, listening and watching here and there... And then suddenly the splinters of melodies and lights begin to resonate, destinies come together, intertwine, stories begin to take shape. Guilt, punishment, forgiveness on the threshold of death. It's amazing how sensitively Anderson managed to capture the nine great catharses of his life, how he managed to escalate Magnolia from the vulgar and fleeting cacophony of the introduction until the twist, when all the characters are connected by singing the song Wise Up. Three hours of an extraordinarily personal and strange story, which already demonstrates its principle in the prologue – some things are simply not a coincidence. Magnolia's meaning is not only in passive viewing - the viewer is encouraged to look for a purpose that is well hidden (see, for example, the rain of frogs). The amazing acting performances work as a magnet, the highlight of which for me is the incomprehensibly strong Cruise in the role of Jack, aka Frank. I never thought he could act so emotionally. In addition, the Czech dubbing was excellent... The only blotch on the beauty of the film remains the fact that it is sometimes too stretched and marked by dead spots. Yet in the midst of a torrent of unreal, it's like that rain of frogs. It just happens! ()

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novoten 

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anglais If I were to review Magnolia objectively, I wouldn't be able to give it a rating lower than the highest one. Fortunately, I can evaluate it purely based on my own opinion, and despite Paul Thomas Anderson's flawless direction, I couldn't help but feel that three hours is too long and somewhat unnecessary. Of course, all the storylines are interconnected, and no individual characters could have been removed, but the whole game show, the host, and the genius young man all felt terribly boring to me, and I was looking forward to the story switching to someone else, which unfortunately applies to former contestant William H. Macy as well. On the other hand, Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and John C. Reilly are amazing, and whenever any of them had the opportunity to showcase their acting skills, I was consistently moved. ()

Lima 

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anglais Anderson has confirmed his reputation as the most talented director of the young generation and, as with Boogie Nights, has made a three-hour spectacle that flows by like water. The seemingly disparate patchwork of different human destinies would have crumbled under the hands of another director, but under Anderson's baton it feels extremely cohesive and the viewer doesn't feel lost in the plot. Plus, Anderson managed to make Cruise look a proper actor, which is remarkable. Cruise's portrayal of the successful hyper-macho is magnificent and rightfully awarded an Oscar nomination. The cathartic ending is unforgettable. Long live the frogs. ()

DaViD´82 

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anglais Eight seemingly unconnected main storylines and a couple more subordinate storylines that cut through them all? Three hours long? With Tom Cruise actually acting? Impossible to rein in from the director’s chair? Evidently you haven’t seen Magnolia yet. It has its flies in the ointment, but overall it is very powerful and supported here and there with a scene that gives the impression “as if frogs were falling from the skies". The atmosphere is as engrossing as it is unusual. I thought up a working title for it: Magnolioid. ()

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