Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, Tom Cruise
Paul Thomas Anderson (Director), Paul Thomas Anderson (Screenplay)
Released: Dec. 8th, 1999
Runtime: 3 hours, 8 minutes
An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Inside the very core of the film, this is a fairly calm and collected story, which ends up feeling far more complex and meticulously calculated than formerly anticipated, especially considering how the story is actually about human examination and not explosive annihilation, which would be the easy way out.
We are introduced to Earl Partridge (Jason Robards), a dying man whose only connection to reality is his male nurse (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) who keeps his younger bride (Julianne Moore) apprised of his condition while she agonizes in guilt over her treatment of him.