It seems like eight years after Short Cuts, everyone decided to try to one-up Robert Altman's slow-moving masterpiece. In the space of six months, we have seen the releases of three films that have been Short Cuts-esque. First we had Magnolia. Then we had the beautifully photographed yet sluggish 1999 Madeleine. Now we have Beautiful People, a British film about Bosnia.
Somehow packing in the stories of about a dozen major characters into a two-hour running time, Beautiful People has the same bizarre intertwining of characters that Magnolia and Short Cuts did. However, Beautiful People manages to hit harder when all is said and done.
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