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Storytelling (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  8 November 2001 (Russia)
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College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.

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Marcus (segment "Fiction")
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Amy (segment "Fiction")
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Elli (segment "Fiction")
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Joyce (segment "Fiction")
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Ethan (segment "Fiction") (as Steven Rosen)
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Melinda (segment "Fiction")
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Mr. DeMarco (segment "Non-Fiction")
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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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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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8 November 2001 (Russia)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$912,442 (USA) (22 March 2002)
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Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adam Hann-Byrd, and Heather Matarazzo also filmed scenes that were cut from the film. See more »

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Elizabeth St. Clair: The pressure to get into the college of your choice is incredible. They did a study recently of the youth in Bosnia during the bombing. They found that the stress the young people experience there was less than what American high school students go through when applying to college.
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Not his best work, but not as bad as everybody says
31 January 2003 | by (St. Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Not the best work from this director, but not as bad as many people seem to think. 'Fiction,' while unpleasant, is Solondz in fine, chilly form. He gets criticized a lot for showing contempt for his characters, but his movies are more than the simplistic revenge fantasies they get written off as. When he's on, there's something really beautiful about his dry, clear vision: he's truly appalled, even frightened, by his characters and their hypocrisies. 'Fiction' is a toxic little parable about what's wrong with the processes of both making and interpreting art, and Selma Blair's performance is quite surprising and good. But 'Nonfiction' misfires. It, too, contains some brilliant insights about making art (and personally, I wasn't bothered by the navel-gazing), but they're spread quite thin, and the narrative itself meanders, never really finding its rhythm. (In other words, the storytelling itself is its worst weakness.) Paul Giamatti is typically good, but he doesn't always have much to work with. Overall, 'Storytelling' is too uneven to get very enthusiastic about; then again, it's more interesting than much else out there. 6 out of 10.


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