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there_EX
's_BEZ
more_DT
to_TO
a_DT
quilt_NN
than_CS
fabric_NN
and_CC
thread--each_NN
patchwork_NN
design_NN
has_HVZ
its_PP$
own_DT
unique_JJ
story_NN
(_(
or_CC
stories_NNS
)_)
to_IN
tell_VB
._.
in_IN
how_WRB
to_TO
make_VB
an_DT
american_JJ
quilt_NN
,_,
the_DT
first_OD
hollywood_NP
release_NN
from_IN
australian_JJ
director_NN
jocelyn_NP
moorhouse_NP
(_(
proof_NN
)_)
,_,
we_PP
come_VB
to_TO
understand_VB
how_WRB
the_DT
tales_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
seven_CD
makers_NNS
imbue_VB
their_PP$
creation_NN
with_IN
passion_NN
and_CC
vitality_NN
._.
all_PDT
the_DT
sorrows_NNS
,_,
joys_NNS
,_,
longings_NNS
,_,
sufferings_NNS
,_,
and_CC
loves_VBZ
of_IN
these_DT
women_NNS
are_BER
sewn_VBN
into_IN
their_PP$
quilt_NN
and_CC
,_,
as_CS
their_PP$
bittersweet_NN
memories_NNS
are_BER
given_VBN
expression_NN
,_,
one_CD
young_JJ
woman_NN
applies_VBZ
these_DT
lessons_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
past_NN
to_IN
her_PP$
own_DT
uncertain_JJ
future_NN
._.
motion_NN
pictures_NNS
are_BER
filled_VBN
with_IN
male_JJ
bonding_NN
rituals_NNS
;_;
how_WRB
to_TO
make_VB
an_DT
american_JJ
quilt_NN
presents_NNS
a_DT
distinctly_RB
feminine_JJ
alternative_NN
._.
the_DT
"_"
quilting_NN
bee_NN
"_"
consists_VBZ
of_IN
seven_CD
members_NNS
:_:
sisters_NNS
gladys_NP
(_(
ann_NP
bancroft_NP
)_)
and_CC
hy_???
(_(
ellen_NP
burstyn_NP
)_)
;_;
sophia_NP
(_(
lois_???
smith_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
woman_NN
known_VBN
for_IN
frightening_JJ
children_NNS
;_;
emma_NP
(_(
jean_NP
simmons_NP
)_)
,_,
the_DT
timid_JJ
wife_NN
of_IN
a_DT
perpetually_RB
unfaithful_JJ
man_NN
;_;
constance_NP
(_(
kate_NP
nelligan_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
having_HVG
an_DT
affair_NN
with_IN
emma_NP
's_POS
husband_NN
;_;
anna_NP
(_(
maya_???
angelou_NP
)_)
,_,
the_DT
leader_NN
of_IN
the_DT
group_NN
;_;
and_CC
marianna_NP
(_(
alfre_???
woodard_IN
)_(
,_,
anna_NP
's_POS
daughter_NN
._.
the_DT
project_NN
they're_???
busy_JJ
with_IN
is_BEZ
the_DT
wedding_NN
quilt_NN
for_IN
hy_???
's_NNS
granddaughter_VB
,_,
finn_NN
(_(
winona_NP
ryder_NN
)_)
,_,
who_WP
has_HVZ
just_RB
become_VBN
engaged_VBN
._.
she_PP
's_BEZ
spending_NN
the_DT
summer_NN
with_IN
hy_???
and_CC
gladys_NP
,_,
and_CC
away_RB
from_IN
her_PP$
fiance_NN
,_,
to_IN
decide_VB
whether_CS
a_DT
lifelong_JJ
commitment_NN
is_BEZ
really_RB
what_WDT
she_PP
wants_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
whether_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
better_JJR
to_TO
marry_VB
a_DT
friend_NN
or_CC
a_DT
lover_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
greatest_JJS
pleasures_NNS
of_IN
how_WRB
to_TO
make_VB
an_DT
american_JJ
quilt_NN
comes_VBZ
from_IN
watching_VBG
an_DT
array_NN
of_IN
fine_JJ
performances_NNS
by_IN
an_DT
impressive_JJ
ensemble_NN
cast_VBN
._.
from_IN
winona_NP
ryder_NN
,_,
ann_NP
bancroft_NP
,_,
ellen_NP
burstyn_NP
,_,
and_CC
maya_???
angelou_NP
to_TO
minor_JJ
players_NNS
like_IN
rip_???
torn_JJ
,_,
claire_NP
danes_NNS
,_,
and_CC
kate_NP
capshaw_NP
,_,
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
overflowing_VBG
with_IN
realized_VBD
talent_NN
._.
the_DT
performances_NNS
are_BER
good_JJ
enough_RB
,_,
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
to_IN
cover_NN
up_RP
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
script_NN
's_POS
weaknesses_NNS
._.
how_WRB
to_TO
make_VB
an_DT
american_JJ
quilt_NN
is_BEZ
basically_RB
an_DT
unremarkable_JJ
,_,
if_CS
affecting_VBG
,_,
tale_NN
of_IN
love_NN
across_IN
the_DT
generations--a_???
sort_NN
of_IN
truncated_VBN
american_JJ
version_NN
of_IN
the_DT
joy_NN
luck_NN
club_NN
,_,
with_IN
a_DT
dash_NN
of_IN
fried_JJ
green_JJ
tomatoes_NNS
added_VBD
._.
there_EX
are_BER
probably_RB
too_RB
many_DT
characters_NNS
._.
so_RB
,_,
instead_RB
of_IN
really_RB
getting_VBG
to_IN
know_VB
a_NP
few_DT
of_IN
them_PP
,_,
we_PP
are_BER
presented_VBN
with_IN
quick_JJ
glimpses_NNS
into_IN
a_DT
single_JJ
defining_VBG
event_NN
in_IN
each_DT
of_IN
their_PP$
lives_NNS
._.
we_PP
learn_VB
about_IN
the_DT
root_NN
of_IN
the_DT
smoldering_NN
resentment_NN
between_IN
gladys_NP
and_CC
hy_???
,_,
and_CC
are_BER
told_VBN
the_DT
reasons_NNS
why_WRB
emma_NP
stays_VBZ
with_IN
her_PP$
husband_NN
and_CC
sophia_NP
is_BEZ
so_RB
irascible_JJ
._.
there_EX
are_BER
other_JJ
episodes_NNS
as_IN
well_RB
:_:
the_DT
love_NN
of_IN
anna_NP
's_POS
life_NN
,_,
marianna_NP
's_POS
soul_NN
mate_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
look_NN
at_IN
the_DT
reasons_NNS
why_WRB
constance_NP
entered_VBD
into_IN
an_DT
affair_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
friend_NN
's_POS
husband_NN
._.
the_DT
sum_NN
total_NN
of_IN
these_DT
tales_NNS
is_BEZ
meant_VBN
to_IN
provide_VB
the_DT
framework_NN
for_IN
finn_NN
's_POS
story_NN
:_:
whether_CS
to_IN
go_NN
forward_RB
with_IN
her_PP$
marriage_NN
or_CC
dally_RB
with_IN
a_DT
hunky_JJ
stranger_NN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
emotional_JJ
epiphany_NN
in_IN
how_WRB
to_TO
make_VB
an_DT
american_JJ
quilt_NN
._.
the_DT
stories_NNS
are_BER
all_PDT
well-told_JJ
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
difficult_JJ
to_TO
really_RB
connect_VB
with_IN
the_DT
characters--their_???
moments_NNS
pass_VB
so_RB
quickly_RB
._.
while_CS
we_PP
certainly_RB
feel_VB
something_PN
for_IN
each_DT
of_IN
the_DT
eight_CD
principals_NNS
,_,
our_PP$
emotional_JJ
investment_NN
is_BEZ
tenuous_JJ
._.
there_EX
isn't_BEZ
enough_RB
depth_NN
to_IN
pull_NN
the_DT
viewer_NN
in_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
way_NN
,_,
and_CC
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
personalities_NNS
and_CC
relationships_NNS
feel_VB
half-_???
formed_VBD
,_,
like_IN
a_DT
quilt_NN
with_IN
patches_NNS
missing_VBG
._.
to_IN
put_NN
it_PP
bluntly_RB
,_,
while_CS
i_PP
enjoyed_VBD
watching_VBG
this_DT
film_NN
,_,
it_PP
didn't_DOD
"_"
do_DO
much_DT
"_"
for_CS
me_PP
._.
on_IN
the_DT
whole_JJ
,_,
how_WRB
to_TO
make_VB
an_DT
american_JJ
quilt_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
nicely-understated_VBN
drama_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
a_DT
lot_NN
to_IN
say_VB
about_IN
love_NN
,_,
passion_NN
,_,
and_CC
monogamy_JJ
in_IN
relationships_NNS
._.
finn_NN
's_POS
segment_NN
is_BEZ
by_IN
far_RB
the_DT
most_DT
compelling_JJ
,_,
because_CS
she_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
focal_JJ
point_NN
:_:
her_PP
actions_VBZ
are_BER
shaped_JJ
by_IN
everyone_PN
else_RB
's_POS
experiences_NNS
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
patches_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
american_JJ
quilt_NN
are_BER
successful_JJ
only_RB
to_TO
varying_JJ
degrees_NNS
._.
if_CS
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
disappointment_NN
here_RB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
that_DT
the_DT
script_NN
doesn't_DOZ
have_HV
more_DT
resonance_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
privilege_NN
of_IN
seeing_VBG
such_DT
a_DT
fine_JJ
cast_NN
in_IN
top_NN
form_NN
allows_VBZ
a_DT
viewer_NN
to_IN
enjoy_VB
this_RB
picture_NN
even_RB
if_CS
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
somewhat_RB
conventional_JJ
._.