Paul Thomas Anderson on 35mm
Paul Thomas Anderson was just 28 when he wrote and directed this epic meditation on masculinity, mortality and morals. A sprawling portrait of a lonely city, it remains one of the of the most singular, moving and accomplished works of American cinema in the last 20 years.
On one clement day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male nurse, a famous lost son, a police officer in love, a boy genius, an ex-boy genius, a game show host and an estranged daughter will each become part of a dazzling multiplicity of plots, and one extraordinary story. Through a collusion of coincidence, chance, human action, past history and divine intervention they weave and warp through each other´s lives seeking love, forgiveness and a mending of the bonds that bind them, building to a climax of biblical proportions.
A magnificent and highly emotional exploration of the hidden elements of existential crisis, Paul Thomas Anderson’s stunning third film was ultimately a story about putting things right again. Operatic in its ambition, with its tangled web of slowly unfolding themes, Magnolia still feels unique, achingly melancholic and endlessly fascinating.