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High Art (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance | 12 June 1998 (USA)
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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Drama | Romance

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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)  »

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A szerelem művészete  »

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

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$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 »

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Syd: It's like cultural studies or semiotics. Philosophy, you know? Foucault, Derrida, Kristeva, whatevah.
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B-Bird
Written by Shane Faber, De Harris
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High art indeed
5 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

The title sounds awfully pretentious doesn't it? But yet it's one of the most apt titles ever because this film is truly beautiful and extraordinary. I swear I loved every minute! Where to begin? I could relate so much to all these characters, who are all compelling and real. The themes are totally universal: conflicted love, career, ambition. Absolutely brilliant!

That's Ally Sheedy (who won Best Actress at Independent Spirit Awards) as Lucy, a once-famous and still respected photographer, who now lives in obscurity with her girlfriend (a dazzling tragi-comic Patricia Clarkson) and an assorted bunch of friends, laying about a loft and snorting lines of heroin. Downstairs lives Sid and her boyfriend James, a pair of ambitious yuppies. Sid lays in the bathtub after her hard day at work (she's an assistant editor at a glossy photography magazine) and the ceiling leaks. She goes upstairs to investigate, where some brilliant dialogue is exchanged: SID: Hi, are you running a bath? LUCY: No, are you? SID: Well, our ceiling is leaking and... you live right on top of us. LUCY: Sorry, I don't know what to tell you. No one here has taken a bath recently.

Through this meeting Sid becomes obsessed with Lucy's lifestyle and fame, and wants to revive Lucy's career and jump-start her own. Sid brings Lucy to her magazine and soon Lucy is working again. But things get complicated as it blossoms into romance. The rest is too good to give away but you have to go rent this! It's passionate and romantic, compelling and haunting.


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