Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy’s grandfather tells his son, Howard, about his past affairs. Meanwhile, a baker starts harassing the family when they fail to pick up the boy’s birthday cake.
Robert Altman’s star-filled mosaic opus about Southern Californians included one couple in the ensemble in a most memorable scene:
Dr. Ralph Wyman (Matthew Modine), a surgeon
Marian (Julianne Moore), red-haired painter wife
They argued about an instance of her infidelity three years earlier while preparing to go out to dinner, as she dried her wine-stained dress with a hair-dryer — bottomless with her reddish pubic hair plainly visible.
In another scene, Marian painted nude model and housewife Sherri Shepard (Madeleine Stowe).
A third scene saw disturbed cellist Zoe Trainer (Lori Singer) skinny-dipping in a pool while spied upon by pool cleaner Jerry Kaiser (Chris Penn) – who was married to phone-sex wife Lois (Jennifer Jason Leigh).
Director: Robert Altman
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