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look_VB
back_RP
at_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
times_NNS
in_IN
your_PP$
life_NN
when_CS
there_EX
was_BEDZ
a_DT
fork_NN
in_IN
the_DT
path_NN
to_IN
the_DT
future_NN
._.
some_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
decision_NN
had_HVD
to_TO
be_BE
made_VBN
,_,
and_CC
,_,
for_IN
better_JJR
or_CC
worse_JJR
,_,
it_PP
irrevocably_RB
altered_VBN
the_DT
course_NN
of_IN
your_PP$
existence_NN
._.
>from_NN
time-to-time_NN
,_,
everyone_PN
thinks_VBZ
about_IN
the_DT
roads_NNS
not_XNOT
taken_VBN
,_,
and_CC
how_WRB
things_NNS
might_MD
have_HV
turned_VBN
out_RP
if_CS
the_DT
choice_NN
had_HVD
been_BEN
different_JJ
._.
perhaps_RB
even_RB
more_DT
dizzying_JJ
to_IN
contemplate_VB
is_BEZ
how_WRB
a_DT
seemingly_RB
minor_JJ
action_NN
--_???
catching_VBG
the_DT
10_CD
am_RB
train_NN
,_,
for_IN
example_NN
--_???
could_MD
have_HV
an_DT
equally_RB
profound_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
less_DT
obvious_JJ
,_,
impact_NN
._.
maybe_RB
that_CS
's_BEZ
where_CS
you_PP
met_VBD
your_PP$
significant_JJ
other_JJ
,_,
and_CC
,_,
had_HVD
you_PP
reached_VBN
the_DT
platform_NN
just_RB
a_DT
few_DT
seconds_NNS
later_RBR
?_?
film_NN
makers_NNS
are_BER
no_DT
less_DT
fascinated_JJ
by_IN
issues_NNS
of_IN
destiny_NN
than_CS
anyone_PN
else_RB
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
why_WRB
there_EX
's_BEZ
no_DT
shortage_NN
of_IN
movies_NNS
about_IN
this_DT
subject_NN
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
of_IN
the_DT
bunch_NN
were_BED
probably_RB
made_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
polish_JJ
director_NN
krzysztof_???
kieslowski_NP
,_,
who_WP
was_BEDZ
obsessed_JJ
with_IN
questions_NNS
of_IN
fate_NN
and_CC
chance_NN
._.
these_DT
themes_NNS
weave_NN
their_PP$
way_NN
through_IN
many_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
movies_NNS
,_,
including_IN
decalogue_NN
,_,
the_DT
double_JJ
life_NN
of_IN
veronique_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
triptych_???
of_IN
blue_NN
,_,
white_JJ
,_,
and_CC
red_JJ
._.
however_RB
,_,
they_PP
are_BER
most_DT
explicitly_RB
examined_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
1981_CD
film_NN
called_VBN
blind_JJ
chance_NN
,_,
where_CS
kieslowski_NP
presents_VBZ
the_DT
three_CD
different_JJ
fates_NNS
of_IN
one_CD
man_NN
after_IN
a_DT
minor_JJ
action_NN
(_(
missing_VBG
or_CC
catching_VBG
a_DT
train_NN
)_)
changes_NNS
the_DT
course_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
._.
in_IN
his_PP$
autobiography_NN
,_,
kieslowski_NP
on_IN
kieslowski_NP
,_,
the_DT
director_NN
describes_VBZ
his_PP$
attraction_NN
to_IN
the_DT
concept_NN
this_DT
way_NN
:_:
"_"
[_???
the_DT
idea_NN
is_BEZ
]_???
rich_JJ
and_CC
interesting_JJ
?_?
that_CS
every_DT
day_NN
we're_???
faced_VBD
with_IN
a_DT
choice_NN
which_WDT
could_MD
end_VB
our_PP$
entire_JJ
life_NN
yet_RB
of_IN
which_WDT
we're_???
completely_RB
unaware_JJ
._.
"_"
while_CS
this_DT
approach_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
the_DT
fodder_NN
for_IN
several_DT
notable_JJ
dramatic_JJ
films_NNS
(_(
including_IN
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
way_NN
,_,
frank_NP
capra_???
's_BEZ
it_NN
's_POS
a_DT
wonderful_JJ
life_NN
)_)
,_,
sliding_VBG
doors_NNS
is_BEZ
the_DT
first_OD
romantic_JJ
comedy_NN
to_IN
plumb_NP
its_PP$
depths_NNS
._.
the_DT
"_"
road_NN
not_XNOT
taken_VBN
"_"
approach_NN
isn't_BEZ
just_RB
a_DT
plot_NN
device_NN
,_,
either_RB
._.
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
peter_NP
howitt_NP
expands_VBZ
upon_IN
both_PDT
possible_JJ
fates_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
character_NN
after_IN
she_PP
just_RB
misses_VBZ
/_SYM
catches_NNS
a_NN
train_NN
._.
the_DT
audience_NN
watches_VBZ
,_,
with_IN
ever-growing_JJ
fascination_NN
,_,
how_WRB
this_DT
one_CD
event_NN
impacts_NNS
upon_IN
every_DT
aspect_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
life_NN
:_:
her_PP
future_JJ
career_NN
,_,
where_CS
she_PP
lives_VBZ
,_,
whom_WP
she_PP
loves_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
whether_CS
she_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
family_NN
._.
as_CS
her_PP
separate_VB
destinies_NNS
diverge_VB
and_CC
then_RB
re-converge_NP
,_,
she_PP
becomes_VBZ
two_CD
completely_RB
different_JJ
individuals_NNS
._.
that_CS
woman_NN
is_BEZ
helen_NP
,_,
played_VBD
by_IN
gwyneth_NP
paltrow_NP
as_IN
a_DT
long_JJ
,_,
dark-_???
haired_JJ
brit_???
._.
one_CD
day_NN
,_,
after_IN
losing_VBG
her_PP$
job_NN
as_IN
an_DT
advertising_NN
executive_NN
,_,
she_PP
decides_VBZ
to_IN
return_NN
home_NN
in_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
of_IN
the_DT
day_NN
._.
the_DT
scene_NN
of_IN
the_DT
pivotal_JJ
moment_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
train_NN
platform_NN
._.
in_IN
scenario_NN
#_???
1_CD
,_,
she_PP
just_RB
slips_VBZ
through_IN
the_DT
sliding_JJ
doors_NNS
before_IN
the_DT
train_NN
pulls_VBZ
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
station_NN
._.
on_IN
board_NN
,_,
she_PP
meets_VBZ
the_DT
cheerful_JJ
,_,
talkative_JJ
james_NP
(_(
john_NP
hannah_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
monty_NN
python_NN
fan_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
taken_VBN
with_IN
her_PP$
beauty_NN
._.
minutes_NNS
later_RBR
,_,
in_IN
her_PP$
flat_NN
,_,
she_PP
walks_VBZ
in_IN
on_IN
her_PP$
lover_NN
,_,
gerry_NP
(_(
john_NP
lynch_NN
)_)
,_,
in_IN
bed_NN
with_IN
another_DT
woman_NN
(_(
jeanne_NP
tripplehorn_NP
)_)
._.
in_IN
scenario_NN
#_???
2_CD
,_,
she_PP
misses_VBZ
the_DT
train_NN
and_CC
,_,
shortly_RB
thereafter_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
victim_NN
of_IN
an_DT
attempted_JJ
mugging_NN
._.
she_PP
doesn't_DOZ
meet_VB
james_NP
and_CC
fails_VBZ
to_TO
make_VB
it_PP
home_RB
in_IN
time_NN
to_IN
discover_VB
gerry_NP
's_POS
infidelity_NN
._.
juxtaposed_JJ
one_CD
against_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
,_,
while_CS
sharing_VBG
many_DT
places_NNS
,_,
cues_???
,_,
and_CC
characters_NNS
,_,
the_DT
two_CD
stories_NNS
proceed_VB
in_IN
parallel_JJ
from_IN
there_RB
._.
on_IN
one_CD
level_NN
,_,
for_IN
viewers_NNS
who_WP
enjoy_VB
pondering_VBG
the_DT
workings_NNS
of_IN
fate_NN
,_,
sliding_VBG
doors_NNS
can_MD
be_BE
viewed_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
deep_JJ
and_CC
wonderful_JJ
experience_NN
._.
but_CC
,_,
for_IN
those_DT
who_WP
just_RB
appreciate_VB
a_DT
romantic_JJ
comedy_NN
characterized_VBN
by_IN
solid_JJ
acting_JJ
,_,
a_DT
script_NN
with_IN
a_DT
few_DT
twists_NNS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
of_IN
genuinely_RB
funny_JJ
material_NN
,_,
sliding_VBG
doors_NNS
still_RB
fits_VBZ
the_DT
bill_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
its_PP$
most_DT
obvious_JJ
strengths_NNS
is_BEZ
that_CS
it_PP
can_MD
satisfy_VB
many_DT
different_JJ
types_NNS
of_IN
audiences_NNS
--_???
those_DT
who_NP
demand_NN
something_PN
substantial_JJ
from_IN
their_PP$
motion_NN
pictures_NNS
,_,
and_CC
those_DT
who_WP
could_MD
care_VB
less_DT
._.
it_PP
shouldn't_???
come_VB
as_CS
any_DT
surprise_NN
that_CS
the_DT
acting_JJ
,_,
at_IN
least_DT
from_IN
three_CD
of_IN
the_DT
four_CD
leads_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
solid_JJ
._.
paltrow_RB
,_,
who_WP
does_DOZ
double_JJ
duty_NN
as_IN
two_CD
helens_NNS
who_WP
are_BER
initially_RB
the_DT
same_DT
,_,
yet_RB
gradually_RB
become_VB
much_DT
different_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
standout_NN
._.
she_PP
plays_VBZ
both_RB
of_IN
her_PP$
roles_NNS
effectively_RB
and_CC
believably_RB
--_???
the_DT
shy_JJ
,_,
insecure_JJ
woman_NN
who_WP
stays_VBZ
with_IN
gerry_NP
and_CC
the_DT
liberated_JJ
,_,
platinum-blond_NN
who_NP
severs_VBZ
the_DT
ties_NNS
to_IN
her_PP$
old_JJ
life_NN
and_CC
embarks_VBZ
on_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
career_NN
with_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
man_NN
._.
john_NP
hannah_NP
,_,
known_VBN
to_IN
most_DT
american_JJ
viewers_NNS
as_IN
the_DT
younger_JJR
gay_JJ
character_NN
in_IN
four_CD
weddings_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
funeral_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
instantly_RB
likable_JJ
._.
john_NP
lynch_NN
,_,
taking_VBG
a_DT
break_NN
from_IN
movies_NNS
about_IN
ireland_NP
's_POS
troubles_NNS
,_,
does_DOZ
a_DT
good_JJ
job_NN
presenting_VBG
gerry_NP
as_IN
a_DT
inept_JJ
,_,
selfish_JJ
philanderer_NN
._.
only_RB
jeanne_NP
tripplehorn_NP
,_,
who_WP
plays_VBZ
an_DT
over-the-top_NN
vixen_???
,_,
seems_VBZ
out_RP
of_IN
place_NN
._.
her_PP
attempts_NNS
at_IN
broad_JJ
comedy_NN
are_BER
occasionally_RB
jarring_VBG
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
occasionally_RB
difficult_JJ
to_IN
see_NN
her_PP
lydia_NP
as_IN
anything_PN
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
plot_NN
element_NN
._.
one_CD
member_NN
of_IN
the_DT
supporting_JJ
cast_NN
deserves_VBZ
special_JJ
notice_NN
._.
douglas_NP
mcferran_NP
,_,
who_WP
plays_VBZ
gerry_NP
's_POS
best_JJS
friend_NN
,_,
russell_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
an_DT
absolute_JJ
delight_NN
,_,
stealing_VBG
every_DT
scene_NN
that_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
in_IN
._.
part_NN
of_IN
this_DT
is_BEZ
surely_RB
because_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
given_VBN
the_DT
best_JJS
lines_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
on_IN
one_CD
occasion_NN
,_,
he_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
marvelous_JJ
monologue_NN
bemoaning_VBG
how_WRB
advances_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
telecommunications_NNS
industry_NN
have_HV
trapped_VBN
men_NNS
into_IN
a_DT
life_NN
of_IN
monogamy_JJ
._.
on_IN
another_DT
occasion_NN
,_,
while_CS
laughing_VBG
at_IN
gerry_NP
's_POS
plight_NN
with_IN
the_DT
women_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
,_,
he_PP
comments_NNS
,_,
"_"
being_BEG
with_IN
you_PP
makes_VBZ
the_DT
wait_VB
for_IN
the_DT
next_OD
episode_NN
of_IN
seinfeld_NP
more_DT
bearable_JJ
._.
"_"
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
all_PDT
in_IN
the_DT
dialogue_NN
._.
mcferran_NP
tears_NNS
into_IN
this_DT
part_NN
with_IN
relish_NN
;_;
his_PP$
performance_NN
becomes_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
memorable_JJ
aspects_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
top-notch_NN
comedy_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
first_OD
feature_NN
film_NN
for_IN
peter_NP
howitt_NP
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
approaches_VBZ
the_DT
task_NN
with_IN
unimpeachable_JJ
aplomb_NN
._.
the_DT
script_NN
is_BEZ
shrewd_JJ
and_CC
inventive_JJ
,_,
combining_VBG
wit_NN
,_,
romance_NN
,_,
and_CC
intelligent_JJ
melodrama_NN
into_IN
a_DT
crowd-pleasing_NN
whole_NN
._.
sliding_JJ
doors_NNS
grants_NNS
more_DT
than_CS
just_RB
a_DT
good_JJ
time_NN
at_IN
the_DT
movies_NNS
,_,
however_RB
._.
for_IN
those_DT
who_WP
are_BER
so_RB
inclined_JJ
,_,
its_PP$
central_JJ
theme_NN
offers_VBZ
an_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
ponder_VB
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
more_DT
philosophical_JJ
questions_NNS
about_IN
the_DT
workings_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
universe_NN
--_???
all_RB
while_CS
having_HVG
a_DT
good_JJ
time_NN
._.