High Art

High Art

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Director: Lisa Cholodenko

Cast: Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell, Patricia Clarkson

     
 

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Lisa Cholodenko wrote and directed this lesbian-themed drama, winner of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival's Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Ambitious photography magazine associate editor Syd (Radha Mitchell) has a ho-hum relationship with James (Gabriel Mann). Investigating a ceiling leak, she enters the apartment of her neighbor, retired photographer Lucy Berliner…  See more details below

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Lisa Cholodenko wrote and directed this lesbian-themed drama, winner of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival's Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Ambitious photography magazine associate editor Syd (Radha Mitchell) has a ho-hum relationship with James (Gabriel Mann). Investigating a ceiling leak, she enters the apartment of her neighbor, retired photographer Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy), who lives with former Fassbinder actress Greta (Patricia Clarkson), a heroin addict. The friendship between the worldly Lucy and the naive, insecure Syd ripens into an affair, one destined to change the lives of both women.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A rather draggy melodrama bolstered by some superb acting, Lisa Cholodenko's debut effort nevertheless has its finger on the pulse of the disaffected New York artist, and when High Art explores that walk of life, it is indelible. Ally Sheedy gives a fierce, subtly hypnotic performance in the lead role, her haunted expressions never before put to better use on the big screen. Her lesbian photographer character is anything but a stereotype, and Sheedy gives the role amazing reserves of feeling without resorting to unnecessary pathos. Radha Mitchell is rather wan as her chief love interest, but Patricia Clarkson is mordantly funny and surprisingly affecting as her German lover and drug-fiend pal. If High Art took itself a little less seriously, it might have been more involving as a whole, but Cholodenko has fashioned an interesting tale filled with recognizable truths about the nature of drug addiction and the uneasy effect it has on a community of artists. In an unforeseen comeback role, Sheedy raised quite a few eyebrows for her work here, no place more so than at the 1999 Independent Spirit Awards, where she surprisingly picked up the Best Actress trophy and gave a lengthy, profanity-laden speech about -- among other things -- her resurrection from straight-to-video fodder.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
UPC:
0025192113628
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
30,952

Special Features

Feature commentary with director Lisa Cholodenko; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ally Sheedy Lucy Berliner
Radha Mitchell Syd
Patricia Clarkson Greta
Tammy Grimes Lucy's Mother
Gabriel Mann James
Bill Sage Arnie
Ahn Duong Dominique
David Thornton Harry

Technical Credits
Lisa Cholodenko Director,Screenwriter
Kerry Barden Casting
Bernhard Blythe Production Designer
Amy E. Duddleston Editor
Victoria Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Dolly Hall Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte Producer
Caryn Marcus Art Director
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Kelly McKraig Asst. Director
Tami Reiker Cinematographer
Lori E. Seid Associate Producer
Shudder to Think Score Composer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Susan A. Stover Producer
Noah Vivekanand Timan Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Degraded (Main Titles) [4:59]
2. Vanity Is the Ugliest Quality [4:55]
3. A Chance Meeting [5:56]
4. What's in a Name? [4:13]
5. Photographic Ecstasy [7:42]
6. Fabulous Heroin [10:34]
7. Commercially Trapped [5:40]
8. In Bed With Lucy [9:05]
9. Come With Me [5:33]
10. At the Center of it All [3:22]
11. Don't Want to Be With You Like That [3:41]
12. Who's Serious Now? [8:32]
13. Love Problems [7:33]
14. No Context [3:21]
15. One of Us Has to Go [7:33]
16. It Doesn't Matter [2:47]
17. The New Issue [2:40]
18. End Titles [3:46]

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High Art 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two thumbs way, way, way up. This is really one of the best movies of all time. Happy, sad, inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a tthe beginning a bit slow but then unfolding in its own rythm. visually beautiful ( photography is amazing) . chanelling and inspiring as well as painfully familiar. I bought the dvd after i had rented it first time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just an excellent flick with some superb acting. In addition to the two female leads, the characters of the magazine editor and her toady deputy are very finely wrought. The portrayal of New York's artsy-druggy demimonde is just so on target. I thought the character of the younger woman's boyfriend was not fleshed out or believable, but that is my only criticism, and a minor one at that. A brilliant film.