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Actor Sidney PoitieR and actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier - 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Sydney Tamiia Poitier Saturday 2nd April 2011 Lincoln Center Film Society's 2011 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Sidney Poitier at Lincoln Center - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Vanity Fair Tuesday 21st October 2008 Private view of 'Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913 - 2008' at LACMA - Arrivals Los Angeles, California

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Sydney Tamiia Poitier Thursday 14th February 2008 The 39th NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium - Arrivals Los Angeles, California

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Danny Trejo, Monica Staggs, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Sid Haig - Danny Trejo, Monica Staggs, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Sid Haig Los Angeles, California - Spike TV presents the second annual 'Scream 2007' held at the Greek Theater - Pressroom Friday 19th October 2007

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Nine Lives Review


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A well-cast compilation film suffocating on its own self-importance, Nine Lives aims to tie together nine vastly different stories, but ends up telling hardly any of them well. The conceit of writer/director Rodrigo Garcia is to take nine vignettes, each centered around a different woman (usually in desperate circumstances), and give us a brief glimpse into her life before cutting away to the next one, while stringing a few connecting threads between them all. To ensure that he's not playing favorites, each piece is done in one single Steadicam shot and kept to only nine or ten minutes in length. A minor character from one vignette becomes a major player later on, or vice versa. As in literature, anthology works like this are a hit-and-miss affair, and in this case the misses far outnumber the ones that connect.

Nine Lives opens strong on Sandra (Elpidia Carrillo), an imprisoned mother. Mopping up a floor, she's threatened by fellow prisoners, and harassed by a guard (Miguel Sandoval) who's convinced she can give him information. Everyone tells Sandra she's not going to make it, but you think she just might be able to, hunkering down turtle-like and just plowing through the rest of her sentence. But then her daughter visits, and the phone doesn't work, sending Sandra into a stunning explosion of rage, like a mother bear kept from her cub. It's a short, unrelentingly powerful story, and done by itself it would stand as a sublime little tragedy. The same goes for the final piece, in which Glenn Close and Dakota Fanning (hardly a better match could be imagined) visit a cemetery and talk with sublime ease about not much at all. But then comes the rest of the film in between.

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