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Looking Through Lillian (2002)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 2 August 2006 (Japan)
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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Lilly
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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

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Drama | Thriller

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The entire film was shot in only 18 days. See more »

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Lillian: You're not a man. I don't know what you are, but you're not a man.
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Elegant and Very Sophisticated
19 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kevin Thomas of the LA Times reviewed this film as "An Elegant and Sophisticated portrayal of a Young Mistress Awakening." I recently came across this film on netflix and when i got around to seeing it, I found that Thomas couldn't have said it better. The film is awfully mature for a young group of filmmakers and the very best thing about it is that it's so unique. The storytellers have created a 2very different world one that I would imagine many people will have a tough time understanding. The themes however are right there for you to see - dysfunction, addiction, secrets, real intimacy, trust, loneliness,and best of all the quest for psychological freedom and self respect. I can't really think of another film quite like it. It's extremely rich and it never turns out the way you'd expect it too. I noticed that the film was only released on the big screen in LA, I'd be curious to see it play before a NY audience. This is a film that I would suspect will influence many films as cinema edges away from mainstream sex toward deviant sexual behavior. Very wise, perhaps too wise for a first film. Don't expect to be aroused by steamy sex scenes, this one get's into the mindset of a broken flower and how she blooms again, just when you least expect her too. Bravo Lillian!


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