21 Grams (2003)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Ensemble Film  |   Release Date - Nov 21, 2003 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu makes his first English-language feature with the downbeat drama 21 Grams. Set in an unnamed U.S. urban center, the film uses a nonlinear structure to piece together the intertwined lives of three very different people. Paul (Sean Penn) is a math teacher with a heart problem and a troubled marriage to British wife Mary (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Christine (Naomi Watts) is a former drug addict who lives with her husband, Michael (Danny Huston), and her daughters. Jack (Benicio del Toro) is a born-again Christian with a wife (Melissa Leo) who has stood by him since his days as a criminal. Following a tragic accident, the three main characters are thrown into each other's lives. 21 Grams was shown in competition at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival.

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heart-transplant, hit-and-run, redemption, accident, born-again, revenge, rehabilitation [detox]