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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jade Henham ... Lilly

Sam Bottoms ... Gene

Robert Glen Keith ... Luke

Essence Atkins ... Andrea

Edward Lee Johnson ... Mick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hedia Anvar ... The Hot Girl
Susan Barnes ... Helen

Jack Forbes ... Man in elevator
Marie-Claude Hamel ... Nicole

Will Klipstine ... Valet
Kyra Schwartz ... Receptionist

Trevor Wright ... Beggar (uncredited)

Directed by
Jake Torem 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jade Henham 
Jake Torem 

Produced by
Nelson Bartolome .... producer
Laszlo Bene .... line producer
Angel Bontigao .... associate producer
Chris Dobbs .... producer
Jade Henham .... co-producer
Edward Lee Johnson .... co-producer
Darin Kuhlmann .... producer
Jake Torem .... producer
Tod Ciaciuch .... line producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Stefan Schulzki 
Cinematography by
Glen Ade Brown 
Film Editing by
Shannon Mitchell 
Casting by
Akua Campanella 
Patrick Cunningham  (as Patrick S. Cunningham)
Production Design by
Margaret M. Miles 
Art Direction by
Hedia Anvar 
Set Decoration by
Laura Diamond 
Costume Design by
Elaine Montalvo 
Makeup Department
Leigh Ann Cho .... key hair stylist
Leigh Ann Cho .... key makeup artist
Tatiana Thorpe .... assistant hair stylist
Tatiana Thorpe .... assistant makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas O. Hobbs .... second second assistant director
Igor Kovacevich .... first assistant director
Jolyean Reese .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Greg Cosh .... sound mixer
Gerard Vernice .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Meyer .... gaffer
Chephren Rasika .... key grip
Darryl Rue .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cesar Magana .... costumer
Editorial Department
Harry Muller .... color timer
Danny Newbro .... additional editor
Agustin Rexach .... additional editor
Other crew
Brooke Jagneaux .... production assistant
Stacy Lanyon .... craft service
Andre D. Munoz .... script supervisor
Michael Silberman .... production coordinator
Jill Gambaro .... special thanks

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98 min
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'Weller, Peter' was originally offered the part of Gene but passed on the script because he felt the part was too "racy". The role eventually went to Sam Bottoms who came to the production office without any notice because he had seen the film listed in the trades and "liked the title."See more »
Lillian:You're not a man. I don't know what you are, but you're not a man.See more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An indie that puts the 'I' back in independent film, 16 July 2002
Author: Sophie King from San Francisco, CA

"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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