Robert Altman

Short Cuts

Altman’s brilliant collage of Raymond Carver stories creates a dazzlingly imaginative tapestry of life in modern LA.

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USA 1993
Dir Robert Altman
With Lily Tomlin, Frances McDormand, Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Tom Waits
Certificate 18
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.