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21 grams - Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Alejandro González Iñárritu

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Movie propaganda

They say we all lose 21 grams at the exact moment of our death... everyone. The weight of a stack of nickels. The weight of a chocolate bar. The weight of a hummingbird...

University professor Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) and his wife find their union precariously balanced between life and death. He is mortally ill and awaiting a heart transplant, while she hopes to become pregnant with his child through artificial insemination. Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts), having matured since her reckless past, is a beloved older sister, a good wife and loving mother to two little girls. Her family radiates hope and joy.

Much farther down the socio-economic scale, ex-con Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro) and his wife struggle to provide for their two children while Jack reaffirms his commitment to religion. A tragic accident that claims several lives places these couples in each other's orbit. In the aftermath, Paul confronts his own mortality, Cristina takes action to come to terms with her present and perhaps her future, and Jack's faith is put to the test. If spiritual equilibrium is to be regained by any one of them, it could come at great cost to the others. Yet the will to live, and the instinct to reach out to another person for support, remains ever-present among them all.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama ensemble death crime organ donor

Persons of interest

  • Sean Penn .... Paul Rivers
  • Benicio Del Toro .... Jack Jordan
  • Naomi Watts .... Cristina Peck
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg .... Mary Rivers
  • Melissa Leo .... Marianne Jordan
  • Clea DuVall .... Claudia Williams
  • Marc Musso .... Freddy
  • Guillermo Arriaga Jordán .... Screenwriter
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • 21 grams official movie site
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  • Awards and film festivals:
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  • cf. Memento
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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Bonus 20 points for using metric - rather than outmoded British Imperial - measurement. Other than that, the camera work is over-the-top and the fractured timeline is pointless but the acting is intense.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Adult themes, medium level sex scenes)

Surveillance time

124 minutes (2:04 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 22 January 2004

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