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Lukas Haas portays David, a withdrawn but apparent near genius, who fears being touched. Brittney Murphy plays Lisa, a young woman seemingly suffering from split personalities who speaks only in rhymes and withdraws from anyone who doesn't speak to her likewise. Meeting in the psychiatric ward, the two's eyes lock and an obvious attraction is indicated. First each must learn to approach each other in their own sphere. Enter Sidney Poitier as a caring psychologist who helps David to come to terms with his emotional failure to deal with his father's death at an early age. Debi Mazar also appears as Lisa's case worker. Written by
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There have been many movies about mentally disturbed teens. Some have been quite effective such as the excellent performance by Shawn Cassidy in Like Normal People. Of course Ordinary People remains the standard. However, David and Lisa was a revelation. The performance by Lukas Haas was especially gripping - Emmy quality. It should lead to better roles for him in the future. Likewise Brittany Murphy was totally convincing with surprisingly subtle changes in her appearance during key lines. It was a joy to see Sidney Poitier in an understated but effortless performance. The photography was captivating, with occasional flashes of grainy documentary-type black and white frames. An altogether excellent production.
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