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High Art (1998)

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A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.

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Lisa Cholodenko

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Lisa Cholodenko
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Radha Mitchell ... Syd
Gabriel Mann ... James
Charis Michelsen ... Debby
David Thornton ... Harry
Anh Duong ... Dominique
Ally Sheedy ... Lucy Berliner
Patricia Clarkson ... Greta
Helen Mendes ... White Hawk
Bill Sage ... Arnie
Tammy Grimes ... Vera
Cindra Feuer Cindra Feuer ... Delia
Anthony Ruivivar ... Xander
Elaine Tse ... Zoe
Rudolf Martin ... Dieter
Laura Ekstrand Laura Ekstrand ... Waitress
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Storyline

Syd, who lives with her boyfriend James, goes to complain to her neighbor about the leak in the ceiling. Her neigbor is photographer Lucy Berliner and Syd starts to fall in love with her. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

a story of ambition, sacrifice, seduction and other career moves.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, pervasive drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerelem művészete See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,499, 14 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,929,168, 13 September 1998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy) was based on Nan Goldin's life and work. See more »

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Vera: Is it the German?
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Hot Gazpacho
Written by Craig Wedren
Performed by Shudder to Think
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A film about high art that is high art itself!
9 June 2001 | by Eva IonescoSee all my reviews

Syd, the female Assistant Editor of an Art Photography magazine called "Frame", meets Lucy Berliner, a great photographer who dropped out of the public eye ten years ago, and is now living in a drug-addicted world of low-life "friends" who walk around half-conscious in a zombie-like drug-induced stupor, and occasionally stop breathing altogether.

The atmosphere of this depressive world is conveyed so perfectly it's almost palpable. The acting and directing are perfection. Syd begins to lead Lucy into a world of drug-free sobriety, and Lucy leads Syd into her world of beautiful, tender lesbian love, a world of mutual respect and sensitivity, and again, this world is so perfectly conveyed you can feel it surrounding you as you are drawn into this hauntingly realistic film.

You can tell they're just right for each other. They both outgrow their previous rather dysfunctional relationships and find themselves falling in love. But will Lucy slide back into her no-hope world of wheedling, pathetic friends? Or will she overcome the pull of their need for her, and find the courage and strength to walk away?

Either way, you're going to want to buy a copy of this video, and treasure it among your collection of great works of art. I can't think of a single reason why this film should be given less than ten out of ten. By anybody.


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