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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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1.37 : 1
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Cerebral Picture
5 December 2001 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

A lot of people have commented on the humour of Storytelling. I didn't really find it funny at all, which is not to say that I didn't thoroughly enjoy it.

Although the film is divided into fiction and non-fiction, truth is the theme here. The irony of course is that the authoress' 'fictional' short story is in fact entirely true, and the documentarian's 'non-fictional' film is in many ways a conceit. The one wishes to expose the truth, the other wishes to abuse it, yet for both the common purpose is successfully to apply the conventions of their medium to tell a story.

This structuralist analysis could be taken a step further back to argue that Todd Solondz was doing just exactly the same. (Remember his nod to the audience when he had Giamatti's character talk about how he'd invited Jacques Derrida to narrate his film?)

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