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Archive: Fall 2005


Co-sponsored by Associated Students and the
UCI Cross-Cultural Center’s Rainbow Festival 2005.

Free Admission

Post-film discussion with members of UCI faculty TBA. Please visit for up-to-date information.

“We’re always behind this metal and glass. It’s the sense of touch. I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other just so we can feel something.” (from the film)

Writer/director Paul Haggis’ Crash, not to be confused with David Cronenberg’s 1996 film of the same name, is a tough yet eloquently told tale about race relations, communication, anger and the search for empathy and understanding in big city Los Angeles. Put together on a less-than-average budget but featuring an all-star cast including Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Ryan Phillippe, and many more, Crash has achieved widespread acclaim.

Crash is hyper-articulate and often breathtakingly intelligent and always brazenly alive. I think it’s easily the strongest American film since Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, though it is not for the fainthearted. In the first twenty minutes or so, the racial comments are so blunt and the dialogue so incisive that you may want to shield yourself from the daggers flying across the screen by getting up and leaving. That would be a mistake. Crash stretches the boundaries: after the cantankerous early scenes it pulls us into the multiple stories it has to tell and becomes intensely moving.

“Haggis has imposed a tight formal organization on his narrative. He has set up parallel events and characters, and also multiple echoes and variations, all of which deepen the thematic lines.”
—David Denby, The New Yorker

2004 • USA • 113 minutes • 35mm
Directed by Paul Haggis

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