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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
7 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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

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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

Lisa Cholodenko's first feature-length film. See more »

Quotes

Greta: I don't know. Maybe I will just go to China. I like China. We had fabulous... Opium there.
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The Gavial
Written by Jud Elvbar
Performed by Reservoir
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Outstanding yet incredibly tragic
9 September 1999 | by psosSee all my reviews

I truly regret never having seen this movie before......

This film (for me) is one of the best films I have even seen. It left me with a true feeling of being on an emotional roller coaster: the obvious "high" of love, ambition, hope; the low of manipulation, betrayal, conceit, desperation, unfulfilled expectations. From movie start to end, the emotions portrayed by Lucy, Syd, Greta, Arnie, et al., felt incredibly real.

I felt swept into the middle of the experiences those "characters" felt. The movie proves that love (as well as life in general) has beautifully positive and chillingly negative connotations: it can be a supremely powerful drug, beautiful, giving, but yet be used as tool of manipulation and power. The ending, although obvious (not in an unfortunate way - there really could only be one realistic ending), was tragic. When you see Arnie in Lucy's mom's car, you knew what was coming out of his mouth before he said it.

Hearing him say it made my heart sink. The dread, despondency, and hopelessness I felt at that moment still lingers today; four days after seeing this movie on HBO. The only piece of art work that left me with an equal feeling of dread was Aquilles' lamentation at the end of the "Illiad". That book is one of my favorites, as this movie is now. The last point I wanted to make is that the subtly of the soundtrack (particularly during the scenes of incredible human interaction such as the last car scene) made this movie work; "She Might Be Waking Up" is a hauntingly superb song.

I thank all of the persons on the screen (Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell, Patricia Clarkson, etc.) (and off - Lisa Cholodenko, Shudder to Think, etc.) for breathing life into this drama and for presenting to all of us those facets of human life that makes us the frailest creatures on this Earth. Thank you HBO for showing this truly outstanding piece of work on the small screen.


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