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The population of a disabled spaceship take steps to avoid the panic-stricken electorate of Sand Rock from thwarting efforts to fix their craft.

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It is precisely against this background of a highly connected world that these texts’ interest in the isolation of the individual and the problems of communication becomes most poignant. Most multi-protagonist movies are placed in an urban setting – Los Angeles being such a favorite location for this type of movies that one critic refers to them as the “LA ensemble” (Quinn 2005). Though some may consider this city the emblem of contemporary postmodern alienation (French 2000; Quinn 2005; Hsu 2006), the existence of films dealing with emotional distances and hidden connections outside LA – Paris in Code inconnu, the outskirts of Sydney in Lantana, Madrid in Km.

The purpose of the movie is not to show how the characters interact or to illustrate some obscure point about fate and chance. Rather, it is to illuminate how far-reaching the drug trade is and how trafficking in narcotics can impact on the lives of many people in a variety of circumstances. By pointing out the differences between Traffic and other ensemble movies, this reviewer brings to the fore some of their conventions: the coming together of the different characters and plot-lines at the end of the film – as happens, for instance, in Playing by Heart, Nashville, and Parenthood but not in Short Cuts and Magnolia; the crisscrossing of the different storylines – Short Cuts but not Playing by Heart or California Suite (1978) and only minimally Things You Could Tell Just by Looking at Her; their interest in showing the interaction between characters – as is the case for Short Cuts, The Big Chill, and most reunion movies but not the case for Go or Slacker; and their emphasis on fate and chance – as is the case for Magnolia, Thirteen Conversations about One Thing, and Short Cuts, but not so much the case for Love Actually.

Depending on whether the different stories are told simultaneously – through the use of parallel editing and crosscutting – or consecutively, Aronson (2001: 185) distinguishes between tandem narrative, which presents interconnected stories running in parallel – City of Hope, Magnolia, Short Cuts, and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) – and sequential narrative – Pulp Fiction (1994), 22 A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MULTI-PROTAGONIST FILM Amores Perros (2000), and Go – where simultaneous stories are told in sequence and a final section ties them together.

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