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Particles of Truth (2003)

R | | Drama | 14 June 2003 (USA)
Life, love, and the fear of failing . . . Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides with the complicated and obsessive life of ... See full summary »

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Lilli Black
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Morrison Wiley
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Louise
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Mr. Wiley
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Grandpa Black
Richard Wilkinson ...
Will
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Flora
Alan Samulski ...
Johnny
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Charles
Victoria Rosen ...
Child Lilli
Ray Rosato ...
Timmy
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Jimmy
Tom Southern ...
Reggie
Regina Dreyer-Thomas ...
Grandma Celantano
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Life, love, and the fear of failing . . . Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides with the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love story exposes Lilli's internal bouts and her nightmarish "bad luck." We weave in and out of eight defective lives and go for a turbulent mental ride where Lilli's reality spirals out of control and we're led to an unforgettable climax where some fall apart and some piece themselves together. Written by Anonymous

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In 48 hours, some fall apart ... some piece themselves together.

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Rated R for language, drug content, sexuality and some violence
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Will: I stick my finger into existence and it smells like nothing.
Lilli Black: That is so funny because, I stuck my finger in my ass once and it smelled like shit.
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The Indiest Indie of All
20 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are, it seems, prototypes for all movie genres out there: there's the teenage prototype, the romance prototype, drama, comedy, etc. The new addition to genres combines all movies under a generalization - indie - that's all-encompassing, but cheaply made.

"Particles of Truth" may be the prototype for this genre. It's got everything every other indie film professes to have: "deep" insight with cliché observations on life; bad camera work that begs for a tripod; production that demands better lighting; unheard-of music; relatively unknown actors; drugs; depressed people; funny people; trashy people; people with parent problems (esp. with the father); and the we're-weird-but-we're-really-normal-in-light-of-everyone-else main characters.

While I'm sure that some people might find "Particles" to be a careful and mind-blowing and revolutionary examination of truth, to me, it's like every other "alternative" film out there. Not only that, but its indie pretension is unbearable; the unusual camera angles that are the mark of low-budget films are irritating, and one keeps thinking, "Jesus, will somebody please stand on a table whilst holding that camera or something?" Otherwise, all the butt shots and four-foot sitting-eye-level footage really take a toll on one's patience.

I suppose that's my biggest complaint against this film: nothing about it feels original, which seems against the MO of the entire institution of indie film-making. Aren't these films, which aren't produced by big companies with big company interests, supposed to reveal something new, something that wasn't exhaustively covered by studio films like Paramount or Warner Brothers?


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