Movie Narrative: Sliding Doors (1998)

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            Sliding Doors (1998) is rated PG-13.  Furthermore, it is 1 hour and 39 minutes long.  This movie is categorized under the comedy, drama and fantasy genre.  The official release date is May 1st, 1998.  The release date is for the Country of the United States of America.  The director was Peter Howitt.  The writer was Peter Howitt.  The officially recognized stars of Sliding Doors (1998); were Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah and John Lynch.  The list of the 15 most important cast members is as follows:
  • Gwyneth Paltrow (Helen).
  • John Hannah (James).
  • John Lynch (Gerry).
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn (Lydia).
  • Zara Turner (Anna).
  • Douglas McFerran (Russell).
  • Paul Brightwell (Clive).
  • Nina Young (Claudia).
  • Virginia McKenna (James’s Mother).
  • Kevin McNally (Paul).
  • Terry English (Kind Cabbie).
  • Paul Stacey (Man on Tube).
  • Peter Howitt (Cheeky Bloke).
  • Joanna Roth (Suspicious Girl).
  • Neil Stuke (Defensive Bloke).

            The synopsis follows.  Sliding Doors (1998) is a fascinating drama story, out of London, United Kingdom/Britain.  In the City of London, United Kingdom/Britain, Helen and Gerry are in a relationship.  Additionally, they live together.  Helen works at a P.R. firm, and, Gerry is unemployed.  Gerry is writing, or, attempting to write a novel.  Obviously, the excuse Gerry uses, for being unemployed.  Helen arrives at work, and, her employment is terminated at the beginning of the work day.  Helen is leaving the building, when, she meets James for the first time.  In the subway station, Helen runs and misses boarding the subway train.  Unexpectedly, magic happens.  The Helen that, missed the subway train, becomes, Helen #1.  Magic happens again, and, time rewinds.  Helen #2 runs and boards the subway train; successfully.  Helen #2 sits next to James, and, they officially meet and get to know each other.  Helen #2 returns to her apartment, only to discover that Gerry is having a morning of sex.  The morning of sex includes a woman named, Lydia.  Lydia, was Gerry’s girlfriend before Helen.  Helen #1 missed the subway train, and, she leaves the subway station.  On the sidewalk, Helen #1 has her purse stolen.  In the process; Helen #1 falls, and, hits her head against a tree.  Helen #1 is taken to the hospital, and, she returns to her apartment late in the day.  In this storyline, Gerry has cleaned up the evidence of a morning of sex, with Lydia.  Helen #1 and Helen #2, continue, in two separate trajectories.  Helen #1 stays with Gerry.  Additionally; she finds work at a restaurant, and, she also delivers sandwiches.  Gerry continues, the love affair with Lydia.  Helen #2 leaves Gerry, and, she lives with her friend Anna.  Additionally; Helen #2 dyes her hair blonde, and, she cuts it super short.  Helen #2 also starts or opens, her own small P.R. firm.  The story culminates, when both Helens are pregnant.  Director, Peter Howitt, does a very good job.  The movie is a fun and interesting story.  The notion of two storylines for Helen, was executed in an organized manner.  The viewer can easily distinguish, between, the Helen characters.  The writer, Peter Howitt, does an equally very good job.  The interaction between Helen #2 and James, is very well written.  Additionally, their romantic interaction is not exaggerated.  The officially recognized stars contribute tremendously.  They would be missed, if they were not chosen.  Special recognition is merited to Gwyneth Paltrow, the Helen characters are very memorable.  Overall, Sliding Doors (1998) earns the rating of 8 out of 10.
            The movie narrative of, Sliding Doors (1998), is as follows.  The city is London, UK/Britain.  There are scenes of London.  Helen prepares her things, in order, to go to work.  Gerry is still in bed; sleeping.  Gerry is Helen’s boyfriend.  Gerry gets out of bed, the moment Helen leaves.  Helen uses public transportation, and, she starts to walk to work.  Gerry doesn’t work, and, he starts to shower.  Helen stops at a couple of stores, in order, to buy things.  Helen arrives late for a morning meeting.  Helen’s colleagues are waiting for her.  Helen is confronted, about taking vodka bottles.  Helen’s employment, at the P.R. firm, is subsequently terminated.  One colleague always suspected that, she was homosexual.  A woman named, Lydia, arrives at Helen’s apartment.  Lydia is Gerry’s lover.  Lydia was also Gerry’s girlfriend, before Helen.  Helen is leaving the office building, when she accidentally, meets a man named James; for the first time.  Helen enters the subway station.  Helen runs, in order, to get on the subway train.  Regrettably; the doors close, and, Helen misses the subway train.  Magic happens and this Helen, becomes, Helen #1.  Magic happens again, and, time is moved back.  Helen #2 runs, in order, to get on the subway train.  Helen #2 gets on the subway train.  Interestingly; James is on the train, and, he is sitting next to Helen.  Helen #1 leaves the station, and, she stands on the sidewalk; attempting to get on a taxi.  Helen #2 travels on the subway train.  As a taxi approaches, Helen #1 has her purse stolen.  Helen #1 also hits her head, against a tree, during the theft.  Helen #1 is on the floor; when the taxi driver decides to get out, to be able to help Helen.  The taxi driver takes Helen #1 to the hospital, to be able to get stitches.  Grudgingly, Helen #2 starts to talk to James.  Helen #1 arrives at the hospital.  Helen #2 continues talking to James.  In a polite way, Helen #2 pushes James away.  Helen #1 has the cut treated.  James persists with Helen #2.  James and Helen #2, get off of the subway train.  They continue having an awkward conversation, with each other.  At Helen’s apartment, Gerry continues the morning of sex, with Lydia.  It results that, Lydia has returned from the U.S.A.  Helen #2 and James continue talking, as they leave the subway station.  At the hospital, Helen #1 calls Gerry, at the apartment and by telephone.  Helen #2 arrives at her apartment.  Helen #2 walks around, and, she finds Gerry having sex with Lydia; in their bed.  Lydia introduces herself.  Helen #2 hits Gerry, and, Lydia leaves.  Helen #1 travels to her apartment.  Helen #2 confronts Gerry, about Lydia.  Helen #2 leaves her apartment.  Helen #1 is arriving at her apartment, when at the same time, Lydia is leaving Helen’s apartment.  Helen #1 enters her apartment, and, Gerry is in the shower.  Gerry hides evidence of Lydia, having been there.  Helen #1 awkwardly talks to Gerry.  Helen #2 thinks, whilst standing on a bridge.  Helen #2 throws a ring, into, the river and cries.  Helen #1 continues talking, with Gerry.  Helen #1 and Gerry, prepare to go out for dinner.  In the Helen #2 storyline, Gerry looks for Helen #2 at her friend’s house.  Helen’s friend tells Gerry that, she wouldn’t help him.  Helen #2 drinks at a bar.  In the Helen #2 storyline, Gerry talks to a friend, about what has happened.  Gerry’s friend listens to Gerry.  At the bar, James arrives and says hello to Helen #2.  Helen #2 tells James, what has happened.  In the Helen #1 storyline, Helen and Gerry arrive at the same restaurant.  Helen #1 and Gerry, drink at the bar.  The man named James, sits next to Helen.  Helen #1 and Gerry drink heavily.  Anna arrives to be with, Helen #2.  Helen #2 tells Anna everything, which has happened.  Helen #1 and Gerry, continue drinking.  Unexpectedly, Lydia calls Gerry on his mobile telephone.  Gerry hangs up the telephone, before, Helen #1 can notice.  Anna takes Helen #2, to her house.  Quickly; James decides to take along Helen #2 and Anna, in his taxi.  Helen #1 and Gerry eat dinner.  Helen #2 and Anna arrive, at Anna’s house.  Anna agrees to let Helen #2, stay with her.  Helen #1 and Gerry, arrive at Helen’s apartment.  Gerry talks to himself, whilst, looking at himself in the mirror.  The next day, Helen #1 and Helen #2 recover from the previous day.  Helen #1, looks for employment.  Meanwhile, Helen #2 thinks about cutting her hair.  Helen #1 starts working at a restaurant, as a server.  Additionally, Helen #1 finds a second job, delivering sandwiches.  Helen #2 dyes her hair blonde, and, she cuts it super short.  Helen #1 works her job at the restaurant.  Helen #2 and Anna pass the time, talking.  Unexpectedly, someone knocks on the door.  Helen #2 and Anna argue about, who will answer the door.  Helen #2, answers the door and it is, James.  Helen #2 and James, go out to a restaurant, in order, to talk.  James asks Helen #2, out on a date.  Helen #1 and Gerry, pass time watching television.  Helen #1 starts to ask Gerry questions, about a bottle of brandy and glasses.  Gerry, becomes nervous and angry.  He also deflects the question or questions.  James leaves Helen #2, at Anna’s house.  Helen #1, works her job delivering sandwiches.  Lydia orders a sandwich.  Helen #1 finishes delivering sandwiches, and, she returns to her apartment.  Gerry leaves in a hurry.  Helen #1, decides to follow Gerry.  Helen #1 watches Gerry, enter the library.  At the library, Gerry talks to Lydia, on the telephone.  Lydia becomes angry, at Gerry.  At Anna’s house, Anna returns with Helen #2’s things.  James calls and asks for, Helen #2.  James invites Helen #2 out for dinner; this night.  Unexpectedly; James’s wife approaches James, whilst, he is on the telephone.  However, James successfully deflects the situation.  James’s wife leaves for her trip.  James passes time with his mother.  In the Helen #1 storyline, Gerry talks to his friend at a bar.  Gerry confesses everything, about Helen #1 and Lydia, to his friend.  Gerry’s friend is concerned about, Gerry’s behavior.  Furthermore, he sees a lot of problems approaching.  Helen #2 is at dinner, with James.  There are other people, and, the group is large.  James and Helen #2, walk to Anna’s house.  James and Helen #2 arrive, at Anna’s house.  Before James leaves, James and Helen #2 agree, to meet again on Saturday.  Helen #2, applies for a small business loan.  Helen #2 and Anna, talk about things.  The small business loan, is approved.  Helen #2 and Anna, prepare an office space.  The office space is ready, and, Helen #2 owns a small business.  Helen #1, works her job delivering sandwiches.  Unexpectedly; Lydia orders a sandwich, and, she reprimands Helen #1.  Lydia does tell Gerry, about the altercation with Helen #1.  Lydia confesses to Gerry that, she did it on purpose.  Furthermore, she wants to know, why he doesn’t leave Helen #1 for her.  Gerry’s friend, calls Gerry to let him know that, Helen #1 has been looking for him.  Helen #1, arrives at her apartment.  Gerry talks awkwardly to Helen #1, about things.  Helen #1 falls asleep.  Helen #2 passes time with James, on the river.  James’s friends are also there.  Helen #1 walks and talks, to Anna.  Helen #2 cheers, as James finishes a row boat race.  James, Helen #2 and a large group celebrate after the row boat race.  Unexpectedly, Gerry watches Helen #2, from the window.  Lydia is with Gerry.  Lydia and Gerry, start to argue about Helen #2.  Helen #2, successfully recruits a client for her small business.  The new client is one of James’s friends.  At night, Helen #2 and James pass time on the river.  Helen #2, rejects a kiss from James.  Unexpectedly, Helen #2 kisses James.  Helen #2 and James return to Anna’s house; for sexual intercourse.  James leaves early, and, Helen #2 wakes up by herself.  James leaves a note on the pillow.  Helen #1, works her job delivering sandwiches.  In the Helen #1 storyline, Lydia arrives for Gerry.  Lydia and Gerry leave, for their trip driving.  Meanwhile, Helen #1, delivers sandwiches.  Helen #2 puts on a grand opening event.  The client is James’s friend.  Helen #1, works her job at the restaurant.  Helen #2 watches Gerry, enter the grand opening event.  Gerry wants to talk to Helen #2.  Additionally; Gerry apologizes to Helen #2, and, he wants to be her boyfriend again.  James watches Helen #2 and Gerry, talk.  Helen #2 asks Gerry to leave.  Gerry agrees to leave, but, he still kisses Helen #2.  James watches from a distance.  Unexpectedly, Helen #1 and Helen #2, begin to feel dizzy.  Helen #2, is congratulated for doing a good job.  Helen #1, calls Gerry on the telephone.  Gerry is kissing Lydia, and, he doesn’t answer.  Helen #2 and Anna, talk about James.  Helen #2 has been calling James, but, she cannot find him.  James thinks about calling, Helen #2.  Helen #1 talks to Gerry, on the telephone.  Lydia enters the room, and, Gerry hangs up the telephone.  Helen #1 misses the opportunity to tell Gerry that, she is pregnant.  Immediately; Lydia and Gerry, start to argue with each other.  Lydia tells Gerry that, she is trying desperately, to be his girlfriend.  An angry Lydia, collects her things and leaves.  Gerry meets-up with his friend, at a bar.  Gerry is ecstatic, because, Lydia is out of the picture.  Helen #1, works her job at the restaurant.  Helen #1 returns to her apartment.  Gerry is there, and additionally, Helen #1 wasn’t expecting him to be there.  Helen #2 and Gerry, talk at Gerry’s apartment.  Gerry asks Helen to live with him, again.  Unexpectedly, Lydia calls Gerry, to tell him she’s pregnant.  Gerry goes to the bathroom.  At this time; Helen #2 dials back the number, and, Lydia answers the telephone.  Helen #2 identifies herself to Lydia.  Helen #2, leaves in an angry manner.  Gerry watches Helen #2 leave, but, he doesn’t know that Helen #2 has spoken to Lydia.  Helen #2 expresses her feelings, to Anna.  In the Helen #2 storyline, Gerry meets-up with his friend, at a bar.  Gerry tells his friend that, Lydia is pregnant.  Gerry’s friend tells Gerry that, the game is over.  Helen #1 avoids talking to Gerry.  In the kitchen; Helen #1 starts to talk to Gerry about, what is happening in her life.  Unexpectedly, Lydia is standing outside the kitchen window.  Lydia steps to the side, and, Helen #1 doesn’t see her there.  Lydia calls Gerry, on the house telephone.  Gerry answers, and, they agree to meet-up.  At her office, Helen #2 thinks about calling James.  Helen #2 sits at a restaurant, by herself.  Unexpectedly, Helen #2 crashes into James.  Helen #2 and James, talk awkwardly about things.  James receives a telephone call, and, he starts to leave.  James says something, about his mother being in the hospital.  Helen #2 says that, she can go with him.  James rejects the idea.  James and Helen #2, agree to meet-up for dinner.  James turns the corner walking, and, he kisses his wife.  Helen #1 and Anna, talk about things.  Helen #2 and James, go out to dinner.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  Both; Helen #1 and Helen #2, are pregnant.  Finally; you have to watch, in order to know, how this movie ends.
            The movie narrative of the feature film, Sliding Doors (1998), ends with some Hollywood facts.  The countries of origin are the United Kingdom and the United States of America.  The official language is English.  There are other notable release dates.  The other notable release dates are:  U.S.A., January 26, 1998 (Sundance Film Festival); Germany, February 21, 1998 (Berlin International Film Festival); UK/Britain, May 1, 1998 and Greece, September 13, 1998 (Athens Film Festival).  There are 21 filming locations, in total, for this feature film.  The filming locations include the following:  Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK/Britain; London, England, UK/Britain and the Country of the United Kingdom/Britain.  There is box office data for this movie.  The original budget is estimated at, $9 million USD.  On its opening weekend, this movie made $834,817 dollars.  This movie is closed in theaters on August 28, 1998.  The gross profits, that are reported, are $11,883,495 USD.  The filming dates, that are reported, are April 1, 1997 to May 28, 1997.  The production companies are Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises, Miramax and Paramount Pictures.  There are several distributors for this particular movie.  Some of the distributors include the following; Lider Films (Argentina), Miramax (U.S.A.), Capelight Pictures (Germany), Paramount Home Entertainment (U.S.A.) and United International Pictures (UK).
            To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  For this week, and in conclusion, the feature film was Sliding Doors (1998).  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when another movie will be highlighted.


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