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21 Grams

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Original title
21 Grams
Running time
125 min.
United States United States
Guillermo Arriaga
Gustavo Santaolalla
Rodrigo Prieto
This is That, Y Productions (Distributor: Focus Features)
Drama | Ensemble Film
Synopsis / Plot
College professor Paul Rivers (Sean Penn) and his wife Mary (Charlotte Gainsbourg) 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 to Claudia (Clea DuVall), a good wife to Michael (Danny Huston) and loving mother to two little girls. Her family radiates hope and joy. Much farther down the socioeconomic scale, ex-con Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro) and his wife Marianne (Melissa Leo) 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.
2003: Academy Awards: 2 Nominations for Best Actress (Watts) and Supporting Actor
2003: BAFTA Awards: 5 Nominations, inc. Best Actors (Penn & Del Toro) and Actress (Watts)
2004: Cesar Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture
2003: Venice Film Festival: Audience Award
2003: National Board of Review: Best Actor (Sean Penn)
2003: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (Watts)
2003: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actress (Naomi Watts).4 Nominations
2003: Critics' Choice Awards: 2 Nominations for Best Actress (Watts), Supp. Actor (Del Toro)
2003: Independent Spirit Awards: Special Distinction Award
2003: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom., Best Actress (Watts) & Supp. Actor (Del Toro)
2003: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 3 Nom. for Best Actress (Watts) & Screenplay
2003: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actress (Naomi Watts)
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