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Particles of Truth (2003)

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Lilli (Jennifer Elster, who also wrote and directed the film) is unhappy. She's a struggling artist, living in New York City and cynical about everything, including her own talent. Her father (Alan Samulski) is dying, and Lilli barely acknowledges his existence, while her mother (Susan Floyd), clearly divorced from reality, pretends that her husband left town years ago. The trauma of being raised by two junkies and of her parents' eventual breakup still affects all of Lilli's relationships and her view of herself. She's got a group show opening at a major gallery, but she doesn't even know if she wants to attend. One day she meets Morrison (Gale Harold of Showtime's Queer as Folk), an obsessive-compulsive poet who lives in relative luxury but is too afraid of germs to get out of his car when he first tries to talk to Lilli. While he's better off financially, Morrison has his own family problems, as his father (Larry Pine) and mother (Leslie Lyles) are keeping crucial secrets from each other. While they're attracted to each other almost instantly, Lilli and Morrison have a tremendous struggle ahead of them to forge any kind of moderately healthy relationship. Particles of Truth had its world premiere at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.

Cast

Jennifer Elster
as Lilli Black
Gale Harold
as Morrison Wiley
Larry Pine
as Mr. Wiley
Leslie Lyles
as Mrs. Wiley
Mark Margolis
as Grandpa Black
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Critic Reviews for Particles of Truth

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

While the film demonstrates some potential on the part of its filmmaker, especially in the acting department, it ultimately lacks the singularity to make it stand out among the glut of similarly themed entries.

November 4, 2004

This pretentiously titled, zero-budget N.Y. indie airily pulls off what Hollywood mightily strives for -- a believable romantic comedy.

September 21, 2004 | Full Review…

One of those painfully earnest -- and pretentious -- little indies in which a pair of emotional cripples neatly resolve all of their problems within 48 hours of meeting each other.

September 17, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

Transcends its own considerable self-indulgence with sweet, believably tormented performances.

September 14, 2004 | Full Review…

A complicated drama that explores the efforts of two oddballs to escape the limitations of their birth families and forge distinctive lives of their own.

September 18, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Particles of Truth is a low-budget indie that first seems scattered and off-putting but in time reveals its writer-director's considerable ability and artistic sense.

September 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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