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Love Liza (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  31 January 2003 (UK)
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Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, a web designer turns to gasoline fumes and remote-control airplanes while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bern (as JD Walsh)
Jimmy Raskin ...
Mary Ann Bankhead
Sarah Koskoff ...
Mark Hannibal ...
Waiter with Drink
Bland Man
Trace Turville ...
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Tom Bailey
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Wilson Joel is a man in trouble. There's a searing pain in his gut that he can't tolerate and a dazed quietness to his struggle as he tries to maintain his equilibrium. Wilson is attempting to move on from the sudden and inexplicable suicide of his wife. His mother-in-law is there for him, but her sympathies turn quickly. He has an employer that seems to want to help him, and a workmate who wants him for herself. But nothing and no one can give Wilson solace; so, he seeks oblivion. It is not the usual alcohol or drugs. Wilson inhales fumes from gasoline cans and model airplane fuel and finds temporary salvation in the company of remote-control model enthusiasts. However, nothing that provides him relief really lasts. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A Comic Tragedy


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for drug use, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 January 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Con amor, Liza  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,522 (USA) (3 January 2003)


$211,724 (USA) (11 April 2003)

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Mary Ann Bankhead: What did she say?
Wilson Joel: You wanna read it? Go ahead
Mary Ann Bankhead: It doesn't have my name on it.
Wilson Joel: Yea you're right. It doesn't.
Mary Ann Bankhead: But if it did I would open it, because that's what she wants.
Wilson Joel: Wanted. What she wanted.
Mary Ann Bankhead: And you refuse to honor that.
Wilson Joel: Is there something you wanna know?
Mary Ann Bankhead: No, I think there is something you don't wanta know.
Wilson Joel: I don't. I don't, I loved well. I did. I did, I loved well I don't want a letter. I don't want a fucking letter!
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Written and Performed by Jim O'Rourke
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Amazingly apt portrait of one man's loss and regrowth
11 April 2004 | by (Penn Yan, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie had me from the opening scene. Throughout this film, I could feel Wilson's pain at losing his wife; worse yet at losing her through suicide.

Imagine heading for work one day and returning to find the person you've sworn to spend your life with has taken her life. Days later, when the shock and the pain have numbed enough that you can re-enter your home and sleep can finally reclaim you, you fall to the floor of your garage or hallway or kitchen or linen closet [wherever you choose to fall.] A slip of a blanket covers your legs and you finally decide to grab your pillow to shelter you from the cold floor. There it lies: the note from your wife.

Wilson carried that letter for weeks.

He placed it in his silverware drawer after a while.

His mother-in-law has no one to place her love on any longer, so she gives it all to Wilson. At least, she tries, but no parent is supposed to bury their child; and no parent is supposed to bury their child when she has killed herself.

Throughout the entire movie the pain is raw, chilling, and inescapable for the characters; and entirely palpable for the viewer. This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.

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