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High Life (2005)

 |  Drama  |  6 February 2005 (USA)
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Half art film and half teen comedy, HIGH LIFE is a slice of life with a punk sensibility. An improvisational and character driven film developed during three months of rehearsal, HIGH LIFE ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Sharon Eisman ...
James Ford ...
Priscilla Holbrook ...
Sam Marks ...
Doug Paulson ...
Michael Wiener ...


Half art film and half teen comedy, HIGH LIFE is a slice of life with a punk sensibility. An improvisational and character driven film developed during three months of rehearsal, HIGH LIFE takes place in real time, unfolding in front of 3 handheld cameras. Sy, an artist in his late twenties, lives in a Brooklyn loft that doubles as his art studio. He is having trouble making new work, and has even more trouble with the idea of showing any of it. His ambitious girlfriend, Melissa, has set up space in a group show for him, hoping to help his career and, more importantly, make him into the man she wants him to be. Sy is easily distracted by his 20 year old brother Satchel, who freely barges into the loft at any given time with his pack of rowdy friends to hang out. The tightly knit group has unwittingly begun questioning their relationships with each other, with sexuality, and with the world around them. An ordinary day goes awry, and each character walks away with a different ... Written by Lila Yomtoob

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These are the times-the days we forget-when our destiny is formed





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Dull day in the life of 20-something slackers in Brooklyn. Yawn
31 October 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

A group of 20-something slackers squander a Saturday (or is it Sunday?) hanging out at the Brooklyn digs of one couple. The woman of the house, Melissa (Priscilla Holbrook), is middle class, works hard and sees in her boyfriend Sy (Michael Wiener) a potentially outstanding artist. She's uncomfortable and uptight around Sy's kid brother Satchell (Sam Marks) and their do-nothing, pot smoking, beer guzzling friends.

But Sy is not all that Melissa wishes he were. He's a shy fellow who fears success and also is perhaps too lazy to work at his art. He's got a gallery show in two weeks, arranged by Melissa, and conceals from her the fact that he hasn't even yet begun to prepare any paintings. When she discovers this, Melissa even notes that Sy hasn't stretched a blank canvas properly.

Sam Marks is the most engaging actor here: his Satchell is an obnoxious yet coarsely charming young man. Wiener is unremarkable. Ms. Holbrook is wooden, but maybe that's OK, given her role as a misfit among these people. The five other friends are so convincing as doofuses that one can't be sure if this is good acting or bad, but it hardly matters. My rating: 5/10 (C). (Film seen on 10/02/05 at the Idaho International Film Festival). If you'd like to read more of my reviews, send me a message for directions to my websites.

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