Sliding Doors

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"What if one split second sent your life in two completely different directions?"
  • PG-13
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 6.7  (71,314)
  • 59

Sliding Doors is a unique romantic comedy-drama that explores the concept of how one small moment or choice can drastically change the course of someone's life. The movie follows the life of Helen, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, who is a young woman living in London. After being fired from her public relations job, we see two parallel storylines that are the result of two alternative scenarios that occur from the same event.

In one storyline, we see Helen catching a train home and arriving home to find her boyfriend Gerry, played by John Lynch, in bed with his ex-girlfriend. In the other storyline, we see Helen just missing her train, and as a result, she arrives home later and doesn't catch her boyfriend Gerry in the act. The two storylines continue in parallel, showing the stark contrast in Helen's life as a result of one small event.

In the storyline where Helen catches the train and discovers Gerry's affair, we see her life quickly spiral into chaos. She leaves Gerry and decides to start a new life, taking a job as a waitress and moving into a small flat. There, she meets James, played by John Hannah, who is a kind-hearted man who falls for her. James is a bit of an idealist, and he encourages Helen to follow her dream of starting her own public relations company. The two begin a relationship, but Helen still struggles with her past and trust issues.

In the other storyline, where Helen doesn't catch the train and doesn't find out about Gerry's affair, we see her continue on in her life with Gerry. As we observe her life, we see that despite being in a seemingly stable relationship, Helen is not happy. She's stuck in a job that she hates and feels like she's not living up to her full potential. She keeps running into James, who is drawn to her, but they never end up meeting.

Throughout the movie, we see the juxtaposition of these two storylines and how they impact Helen's life. The two different scenarios play out in a way that seems to hint that maybe everything happens for a reason or that there is such a thing as fate. The film also highlights how one small factor or decision can drastically alter the course of one's life.

Despite being marketed as a romantic comedy, the movie also deals with some heavier themes such as infidelity, depression, and finding one's true purpose in life. The film explores these themes with a delicate touch, and they never take away from the overall feeling of the movie.

The performances in Sliding Doors are fantastic, especially from Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays both versions of Helen with a different kind of emotional depth. In one scenario, we see Helen as a broken and devastated young woman, and in the other, we see her as a woman who is struggling with her own identity and purpose.

John Hannah is also excellent as James and plays his character with a lot of sincerity and sensitivity. John Lynch portrays Gerry in a way that makes him an unsympathetic character, but we can still feel some empathy towards him.

The direction by Peter Howitt is masterful, particularly in the way he brings the two storylines together. He creates a clever and engaging narrative by showcasing how one small moment can have a significant impact on the course of someone's life.

The script is also well-crafted, and the dialogue is natural and witty. The movie never feels forced or contrived, and it flows seamlessly between the two storylines.

Overall, Sliding Doors is an entertaining and thought-provoking film that will make you question the direction your life has taken. It's an excellent example of how a movie can be both lighthearted and deal with serious themes at the same time. Anyone who enjoys romantic comedies with a twist will appreciate the storytelling in this film.

Sliding Doors is a 1998 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 59.

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    6.7  (71,314)
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