High Art (1998)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
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Average Rating: 7.5/10
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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Lisa Cholodenko wrote and directed this lesbian-themed drama, winner of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival's Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Ambitious photography magazine associate editor Syd (Radha Mitchell) has a ho-hum relationship with James (Gabriel Mann). Investigating a ceiling leak, she enters the apartment of her neighbor, retired photographer Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy), who lives with former Fassbinder actress Greta (Patricia Clarkson), a heroin addict. The friendship between the
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A highlight of the 1998 Sundance Festival: Cholodenko depicts with unwavering veracity the breakup of one longtime lesbian relationship just as another, unexpected one begins. The acting of the three women, Sheedy Mitchell, and Clarkson, is superb.
Solid, sexy drama with a dash of wit. Fine performances especially by Clarkson.
Who knew Ally Sheedy was so sexy?
A solid if diffident, strongly character-focused drama worth the time of those who appreciate shoegazing introspection for the High Art that it is.
Needed some naked Radha (don't we all?)
Marks the superior feature film debut of Cholodenko, as well as Sheedy's strongest, and best, role to date.
As a once-acclaimed photographer who drifted out of the New York art scene into a private world of drugs and dead-end relationships, Sheedy is a genuine revelation; gone are the days when she coasted by on charm and her girl-next-door smile.
This affecting film is one of the year's more intriguing art-house entries, and doesn't deserve to be simply relegated to a niche audience.
The film feels superficial, with all its glib characters provoking an air of chic fashion.
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