Short Cuts

Short Cuts ★★★★★

Then tell me about nothingness. I'd like to hear a complete account of nothing. What you didn't do for two-and-a-half hours.

On the enormous canvas it stretches out, Short Cuts is able to portray the way the consequences of both doing and not doing move through space and time, the time of a day, the time of a life. In a famous essay Joan Didion wrote about how one of the few times she felt automatically comfortable with the use of the word "immoral" was when it referred to the prospect of neglecting a human corpse. An illustration of the cruelty of looking the other way, of not intervening. I'm sure much of this film will stay with me for a while, but especially Jack Lemmon doing a kind of beautifully American version of Bibi Andersson's monologue in Persona.

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