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Storytelling (2001)

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College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcus (segment "Fiction")
Amy (segment "Fiction")
Elli (segment "Fiction")
Lucy (segment "Fiction")
Nancy Anne Ridder ...
Joyce (segment "Fiction")
Ethan (segment "Fiction") (as Steven Rosen)
Melinda (segment "Fiction")
Sue (segment "Fiction")
Mike Schank ...
Mr. DeMarco (segment "Non-Fiction")


Storytelling is comprised of two separate stories set against the sadly comical terrain of college and high school, past and present. Following the paths of its young hopeful/ troubled characters, it explores issues of sex, race, celebrity and exploitation Written by Fine Line Features

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 November 2001 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Todd Solondz Project  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$73,688 (USA) (25 January 2002)


$912,442 (USA) (22 March 2002)

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An unpleasant, unsettling, and most importantly, necessary film
25 July 2006 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

After reading about Palindromes and finding myself oddly attracted to the subject matter of several of Todd Solondz's features, I bought this film. It would seem that it has a reputation as being his worst work to date(at least as far as theatrically released movies go)... I must say, if the rest of what he's done is this powerful, I will have to keep my eyes open for it. You seldom see movies that are this unpleasant. There are films that are far, far harder to watch... but this is still not one you put on to enjoy yourself. As many other viewers, I didn't care much for the first half(well, part... it's a third of the projects full length, with a running time of about 25 minutes), "Fiction". I felt I had gained little after it was over, though I will say that the concept and themes explored are quite interesting. "Non-Fiction" proved to be far more worth-while, in my opinion. The writing and direction is excellent in both. The pacing works well... I was never bored, and while it wasn't exactly a "good" time, it moved along as it should, never really too slow or too fast. The characters were incredible... the sheer amount of development, through so little time spent on each... that's talent. As its title indicates, Storytelling goes into different methods of telling a story... and displays some of the most impressive storytelling that I've seen to date. There is some humor, but it's quite black, and throughout the film, I was unsure of whether I should laugh out loud... or cry my eyes out. The film is strongly satirical, very direct and seemingly almost aggressively anti-PC. Dealing with several subjects of taboo, Solondz pulls few punches, if any. Certainly not a film for everyone. Both parts seem to end somewhat abruptly, but that may be intentional. I will say that my rating would almost certainly have been higher had the first part been improved upon... or removed entirely. It's difficult to say who I'd recommend this to... cynics or realists with a strong threshold for the some of the ugliest sides of human nature, I suppose. From what I understand, though, it's less provocative than the other films of Todd Solondz. 8/10

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