|Michael A. Maynez|
“Sliding Doors”, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, is currently enjoying been seen in two very popular movies, the other one being “A Perfect Murder”. Not bad for an actress that until last year, the biggest credit to her name was the lived-in of Brad Pitt. Her acting in “Sliding Doors “ is clever, charming and crowded with wit. Of course from the very beginning we are forced into what is the brilliant editing in movies, not since “Two For The Road” or “All That Jazz”, have we had such editing, which gives the film its sharp edge.
This romantic comedy is cleverly conceived, on the question that we all at one time or another have dealt with, WHAT IF? She plays a Londoner that catches the tube home to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman. In the other version she misses the subway and goes by taxi to her apartment and is totally unaware that a woman driving away in her car, just had sex with her lover. The audience has to be very alert or it can get confusing and this is where the film editing takes you on a cerebral adventure. John Lynch, John Hannah and Jeanne Tipplehorn lend credibility to this flick. The two sided story blends and melts into what life sometimes hold for all of us on “The Road Not Taken" Gwyneth Paltrow has the elan and elegance of Audrey Hepburn and the grace of a Grace Kelly. She is certainly on track for a great future and we will be applauding her all the way.
Directed by: Peter Howitt
Produced by: Sydney Pollack, William Horberg, Philippa Braithwaite
Editing by: John Smith
Screenplay by: Peter Howitt