21 Grams (2003)


Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio del Toro, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Danny Huston, Mike Wallace, John Rubinstein, Clea DuVall, Eddie Marsan, Melissa Leo, Marc Thomas Musso, Paul Calderón, Denis O'Hare, Kevin Chapman, Lew Temple, Carly Nahon, Claire Pakis


Jack Jordan (Benicio del Toro) is a former convict who is using his new-found religious faith to recover from drugs addiction and alcoholism. 
Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts) is a former cocaine addict who now leads a quiet life with her husband, Michael, and her two daughters.
Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) is a mathematics professor married with a dedicated wife and with a fatal heart condition. 
Key event is the hit and run accident in which Jack Jordan invests Cristina's husband and daughters, who die. Michael's heart is implanted in Paul, who is now obsessed with finding the person to whom he owes his life.

For somebody it's the weight of the soul, for me 21 Grams is a great film. At the beginning is a little bit chaotic and it takes a while to figure it out. Death is certainly the most important theme of the movie, and it's discussed masterfully thank to the director. I appreciate Iñárritu choice of making a non-linear film, because it makes the viewer feel in the same way of the three main characters - at least that's what did to me. 
The music, by Gustavo Santaolalla, blends perfectly with the story and adds even more drama to the film. 
The cast is great; Naomi Watts and Benicio del Toro are outstanding. I particularly loved the latest because this has been the very first time I've seen Benicio shining.


Paul Rivers: How many lives do we live? How many times do we die? They say we all lost 21 grams... at the exact moment of our death. Everyone. And how much fits into 21 grams? How much is lost? When do we lose 21 grams? How much goes with them? How much is gained? How much is gained? Twenty-one grams. The weight of a stack of five nickels. The weight of a hummingbird. A chocolate bar. How much did 21 grams weigh?

Cristina Peck: Take it easy? My husband and my little girls are dead, and I'm supposed to take it fucking easy? I can't just go on with my life! I am paralyzed here! I am a fucking amputee! Do you see that?



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