When a series of accidents and deaths occur, a middle man is hired to give the bad news to the victim’s relatives.
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Multi-storied, fish-eyed look at American culture with some 22 characters intersecting–profoundly or fleetingly–through each other’s lives. Running the emotional gamut from disturbing to humorous, Altman’s portrait of the contemporary human condition is nevertheless fascinating. Based on nine stories and a prose poem by Raymond Carver.
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