Altman’s brilliant collage of Raymond Carver stories creates a dazzlingly imaginative tapestry of life in modern LA.
Dir Robert Altman
With Lily Tomlin, Frances McDormand, Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Tom Waits
Print courtesy of the Robert Altman Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive
This dazzling tapestry of life in modern LA interweaves eight stories and a poem by Raymond Carver to coherent, complex and utterly compelling effect. A touching, witty, sometimes unsettling account of mainly white middle-class Angelenos striving to cope with doubt, disappointment and, occasionally, disaster, it benefits from typically idiosyncratic but inspired casting and, for all its epic scale, offers incisive intimate insights.