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Looking Through Lillian (2002)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  28 February 2002 (USA)
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An X-Rated 'Holly-Go-Lightly' flip flops between choosing life's uncertainty under her own direction or the "Good Life" provided by a twisted sister Gene.


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Conveniently numbed and estranged from her surroundings, Lillian sleepwalks through life. Paramount to her world is Gene, a wealthy disturbed businessman who has slowly become her benefactor over the years. When he unexpectedly leaves for a week to go skiing with his wife, Lillian is dragged out on the town by her best friend, Andrea. That's when she meets Luke, a mysterious smooth-talking writer who opens her eyes to the world, prompting her to take a long look at the life she's chosen for herself. When Gene returns, Lillian finds herself caught in the middle of a triangle. Ultimately she discovers that what appears on the surface to be true quite often is not. Her struggle for freedom and a sense of identity culminates in a conflict where the one love may not be the one you can trust and the habits with which one sleepwalks through life are not easily broken. Written by Anonymous

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Sex... Dysfunction... Addiction... Everybody's got a habit


Drama | Thriller






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The part of Andrea was written especially for Essence Atkins, Jade Henham's best friend. See more »


Lillian: You looked right through me, but you never once saw me.
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An indie that puts the 'I' back in independent film
16 July 2002 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

"Looking Through Lillian" is an independent in every sense of the word. Independent in thought, independent in sentiment and independent in spirit. In a world where we're now stuck with homogenized studio film product with the same formulaic M.O. over and over again, it is becoming increasingly rare to find a film where the viewer is treated like they actually have a brain. But that's where "Looking Through Lillian" comes into play - it not only allows you to have a brain, it welcomes and invites such a thought. It encourages the audience to have their own personal feelings, questions and viewpoints. And although that, in itself, would be enough of a reason for me to recommend the film, it is certainly not the only reason.

I commend the lead actress - she seemed to move through the picture without the slightest trace of effort, in such a naturalistic way that one even wonders if she exists as a person outside of this picture. Also the director and the producers for making an uncompromising film in a time in which Sundance has become synonymous with Studio Picture. Not once did they appear to give in or shy away from the controversy of what they were portraying.

All this being said, I'm not one to log on and write feedback on sites, but I did so because of the film's most unique selling point. You sit there, you watch, you feel, you go around every twist and turn with this character and then you walk out of the theatre. And two days later, you find yourself asking the questions "How do I feel about this film? How do I feel about myself? How do I feel about my life? How do I feel about sex?" In a world where we pay 8 bucks to see a picture that doesn't even hold us for the two hours it runs, the coup of Lillian is that it pays for itself over and over

  • it doesn't just hold you for the two hours - it holds you for days. And

that's the highest recommendation I can think of.

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