begins with a very intriguing idea. It explores the ways that a
little thing like whether or not you catch a train can completely
transform your life.
Paltrow plays (with a very convincing accent!) a British PR drone
that after getting sacked from her job has that fateful defining
moment on the Tube. The rest of the film chronicles the different
directions her life goes because she missed a train by seconds.
In one reality
she catches her boyfriend in an affair, meets a nice new guy and
finds the courage to start her own firm. The other one finds her
continuing on with her boyfriend as before, slowly but surely coming
to realize his infidelity.
of the two alternate futures is done very deftly. John Hannah
(Four Weddings & A Funeral)
is charming as the man that fate seems determined is for her, and
John Lynch is loutish and yet suitably guilty as the straying
points all dovetail cleverly to show the fickleness of fate. Add to
that a surprisingly realistic ending that seems very cynical at
first until you realize it is all just another example of the power
of fate. Sliding Doors
is a nice little lost jewel of a film.
Jay S. Jacobs
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August 19, 2022.