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Being John Malkovich

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Original title
Being John Malkovich
Running time
112 min.
United States United States
Charlie Kaufman
Carter Burwell
Lance Acord
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Propaganda Films / Single Cell Pictures / Gramercy Pictures. Distributed by Universal Pictures
Sci-Fi. Comedy. Fantasy | Surrealism. Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
Manhattan, the present. Under pressure from his wife Lotte, street-puppeteer Craig Schwartz takes a job as a clerk with LesterCorp., run by Doctor Lester, a company located on the low-ceilinged seventh-and-a-half floor of an office tower. He falls in love with his co-worker Maxine. Craig discovers a hidden door leading to a passage which sucks him into the head of actor John Malkovich, whose life he experiences for 15 minutes before being ejected on to the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig introduces Lotte to being John Malkovich, and while she is inside him, she/Malkovich makes love to Maxine; the two women fall in love, but can only enjoy each other physically when Lotte is in Malkovich.
Craig and Maxine start a business charging people to be Malkovich. Eventually Malkovich rumbles their scam and enters his portal himself, discovering a world where everyone is him. Craig and Lotte struggle for possession of Maxine. Eventually, Craig uses his puppeteering skills to enter Malkovich permanently and turns Malkovich into a world-famous puppeteer; Maxine becomes his lover. Lester explains to Lotte that Malkovich is the latest in a line of conduits used by a secret society to enjoy eternal life in new bodies. Craig is forced out of Malkovich. Years later, Malkovich has joined the channellers; Lotte and Maxine are a happy couple with a daughter; Craig is inside their daughter, still in love with Maxine, now his mother.
1999: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Director, Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener), Original Screenplay
1999: 4 Nominations for Golden Globe, including Best Movie-Comedy and Screenplay
1999: BAFTA Awards: Best Screenplay. Nominated for Best Sup. Actress and Editing
1999: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay. 2 Nominations
1999: Nominated for Cesar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1999: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Awards, including Best First Film
1999: Venice Film Festival: FIPRESCI Award
1999: Critics' Choice Awards: Breakthrough Performer (Jonza). 2 Nominations
1999: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Screenplay. 5 Nominations
1999: Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Feature & Best First Screenplay. 3 Nominations
1999: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1999: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1999: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
1999: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): 3 Nominations inc. Best Performance by Cast in a Motion Picture
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