Short Cuts. 1993. USA. Directed by Robert Altman. Screenplay by Altman, Frank Barhydt, based on stories by Raymond Carver. With Jack Lemmon, Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison. 35mm. 188 min.
These stories of regular life in Los Angeles interconnect in odd ways. Most of the characters are from somewhere else, parked in Southern California either temporarily or for so long they’ve forgotten why they landed there in the first place. Altman lays out LA as a sort of limbo, where you must do good works and repent for your sins before moving on to a better place. The characters are all intertwined in a web that commences with a birthday cake and concludes...elsewhere.