A group of colourful characters with nothing in common outside of a New York cigar shop and its manager, Auggie (Harvey Keitel), find their lives inexplicably intertwined. Among them is a novelist (William Hurt - The Doctor) with a crippling case of writer's block, a one-armed man (Forest Whitaker) running from his past and Auggie's long-lost ex-girlfriend (Stockard Channing), who unexpectedly returns with some shocking news.
The central characters grow and grow, the plot weaves them together and gently unfolds their histories. The acting is superb except for a couple of very minor characters who make you realise how good the others are. Ultimately a sad film but not a weepy nor depressing. I loved it.