Love Liza
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Love Liza

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Director: Todd Louiso

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Jack Kehler

     
 

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Love Liza is a psychological drama about a man trying to come to terms with his wife's suicide. Wilson Joel (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is searching for answers as to why his wife, Liza, killed herself. He is unable to bring himself to read the suicide note Liza left behind. Instead of facing his demons, Wilson becomes addicted to sniffing gasoline. Kathy Bates

Overview

Love Liza is a psychological drama about a man trying to come to terms with his wife's suicide. Wilson Joel (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is searching for answers as to why his wife, Liza, killed herself. He is unable to bring himself to read the suicide note Liza left behind. Instead of facing his demons, Wilson becomes addicted to sniffing gasoline. Kathy Bates co-stars as Liza's mother. This film was written by the star's brother Gordy Hoffman, and directed by newcomer Todd Louiso. Love Liza was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2003
UPC:
0043396103771
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Philip Seymour Hoffman, director and writer commentary; Weblink; Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Mastered in High Definition; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English (Dolby Surround); Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi; Trailers; Filmographies; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip Seymour Hoffman Wilson Joel
Kathy Bates Mary Ann Bankhead
Jack Kehler Denny
Sarah Koskoff Maura Haas
Stephen Tobolowsky Tom Bailey
Jim Wise Actor
Erika Alexander Brenda
Terry Loughlin High School Principal #2
Ann Morgan Liza Joel
Kevin Breznahan Jim
Wayne Duvall Shane
Shannon Holt Angela Ryan
Joanne Pankow Emily
JD Walsh Bern

Technical Credits
Todd Louiso Director
Stephen Beatrice Production Designer
Mark Bennett Casting
Ruth Charny Producer
Tim Cohn Art Director
Jim Czarnecki Executive Producer
Alain de la Mata Executive Producer
Lisa Mae Fincannon Casting
Skip Godwin Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Guckau Executive Producer
Chris Hanley Producer
Gordy Hoffman Screenwriter
Katz Editor
Rainer Kolmel Executive Producer
Vincent Maraval Executive Producer
Monika Mikkelsen Casting
Jill Newell Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim O'Rourke Score Composer
Lisa Rinzler Cinematographer
Jeffrey Roda Producer
Sholto Roeg Asst. Director
Anne Stein Editor
Fernando Sulichin Producer
Rita Vanderwaal Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:23]
2. Grieving widower [2:23]
3. The Note [1:10]
4. Mary Ann [2:19]
5. Time Off [5:13]
6. Sniffing Gas [1:32]
7. Tom Bailey [1:29]
8. Maura [4:40]
9. The Hobby Shop [:44]
10. Denny [4:51]
11. Plane Crazy [:51]
12. Sunday at the Zoo [2:24]
13. Problem at the Pancake House [6:28]
14. Replacement Model [2:01]
15. Slidell Roundup [5:51]
16. No Swimming Allowed [2:26]
17. Pride of the Fleet [:45]
18. Mary [2:10]
19. Youth Wants to Know [3:56]
20. Where Not to Open the Letter [1:11]
21. Tom's Job Offer [2:13]
22. Robbed [5:51]
23. Visions of Liza [1:02]
24. Angela Ryan [:52]
25. "You Had Everything" [5:08]
26. Tom Pulls the Plug [2:38]
27. Love Liza [2:40]
28. Chapter 28 [5:29]

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Love Liza 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just watched this film yesterday and I can say it is one of the most beautifully depressing films I have ever seen. The story revolves around a man, Wilson (played by the pitch-perfect Philip Seymour Hoffman) grieving the loss of his wife to suicide. I was skeptical of such a premise, as I detest films that portray grief as something highly artistic, but this was not that kind of story. This shows grief as something terrifying, something terrible and not pretty at all. This is absolute mania over loss, the pretentions removed so that all that is left is a gargantuan void to fill. I cannot say that this film made me feel happy, but it was fulfilling in a way few films are. It shows what a person does with their desperation, and how they live through it.