Film Sunday: “Short cuts” (1993)


Altman’s films are famous for their large casts and overlapping dialogues. ‘Short cuts’ presents a great example of this: the film which was originally inspired by Raymond Carver’s short stories follows 22 different characters in loosely interlinked stories. The main focus is on couples whose relationships are, at one point or another, subjected to small, seismic shudders of doubt, disappointment or, in a few cases, disaster. But Altman is mainly concerned with coincidences and the messiness of real life, which results in a tragicomic picture of ‘ordinary’ people and human relationships that is just quite simply great to watch.