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High Art (1998)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  12 June 1998 (USA)
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A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.

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Syd, who lives with her boyfriend James, goes to complain to her neighbor about the leak in the ceiling. Her neigbor is photographer Lucy Berliner and Syd starts to fall in love with her. Written by Anonymous

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a story of ambition, sacrifice, seduction and other career moves.

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Rated R for strong sexuality, pervasive drug use and language | See all certifications »

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12 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem művészete  »

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$47,499 (USA) (12 June 1998)

Gross:

$1,929,168 (USA) (11 September 1998)
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The character of Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy) was based on Nan Goldin's life and work. See more »

Quotes

Lucy: I haven't been deconstructed in a long time.
Syd: Yeah, I bet you hate that.
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A film about high art that is high art itself!
9 June 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Syd, the female Assistant Editor of an Art Photography magazine called "Frame", meets Lucy Berliner, a great photographer who dropped out of the public eye ten years ago, and is now living in a drug-addicted world of low-life "friends" who walk around half-conscious in a zombie-like drug-induced stupor, and occasionally stop breathing altogether.

The atmosphere of this depressive world is conveyed so perfectly it's almost palpable. The acting and directing are perfection. Syd begins to lead Lucy into a world of drug-free sobriety, and Lucy leads Syd into her world of beautiful, tender lesbian love, a world of mutual respect and sensitivity, and again, this world is so perfectly conveyed you can feel it surrounding you as you are drawn into this hauntingly realistic film.

You can tell they're just right for each other. They both outgrow their previous rather dysfunctional relationships and find themselves falling in love. But will Lucy slide back into her no-hope world of wheedling, pathetic friends? Or will she overcome the pull of their need for her, and find the courage and strength to walk away?

Either way, you're going to want to buy a copy of this video, and treasure it among your collection of great works of art. I can't think of a single reason why this film should be given less than ten out of ten. By anybody.


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