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High Art tells the story of an aspiring assistant editor at a photography magazine who by chance meets a brilliant photographer (Lucy), who, after much acclaim years earlier, has stopped being active in her art. The editor, Syd, is entranced by Lucy's nonchalant affect, the aura of her apartment, the steady stream of friends coming in and out, and most importantly, her photography. In turn, Lucy is attracted to Syd for her drive, her ambition, and her uncharted youth. Their mutual attraction rocks the drug-filled boat that is Lucy's flat, and a new love, and a resurgence of Lucy's art, is born. Whether they are allowed to thrive is up to Lucy, her long-time lover Greta, and all the other hangers-on.
The characters here don't feel like characters so much as real people who can make mistakes, who can try starting over, but who might have to deal with fate, (not to mention old habits and barely functioning relationships), along the way.
Ally Sheedy's performance here is truly amazing, mainly because it ends up not feeling like a performance at all. She plays each emotion with subtlety and depth and her timing and moods are right on the money, time after time. Rhada Mitchell is right there with her, giving a deeply moving performance as the young woman who sheds light on the shadowed Lucy only to question her reasons for doing so.Read more ›
One of the things I liked most about this video is what I thought of as its authenticity. There are several sex scenes that have the feel of real people in bed. If anything, they were so real that they went on a little too long but the reality of attraction, shyness, conversation, and exploration deepened the characterizations of the people involved. Perhaps this is the intention of the screenwriter, the long and lingering views of the relationship. There were also long and lingering views of drug taking and again I felt they were a little too much. The film though seemed to be trying to be an art form in itself and although the two star's performances were excellent, some of the minor characters just didn't quite seem real, such as Ally Sheedy's mother or the druggie girlfriend. The mood of the video is melancholy, the pace slow, the acting uneven. But for what it was, I enjoyed it.
Radha Mitchell gives a very worthy performance as the youthfully naive Syd, an editorial assistant at a pretentious art magazine who takes on the task of pulling Lucy out of her stupor and back into the high stakes art world she left behind. In the process, she becomes mesmerized with the reclusive photographer and is drawn into Lucy's world of alcohol and cocaine.
Lisa Cholodenko portrays the dark underside of the art world and the elusive nature of human relationships with a wonderful eye for detail. This is definitely not an upbeat film and Cholodenko refuses to glamorize the self destructive behavior that exists throughout. She is, however, able to bring out the best performances in her actors and is thus able to deliver a powerhouse of a film that will stay with you well after it is over.
However I think Syd was only a supporting character in the story - at least a less-interesting main character. Contrary to what has been implied, Syd was not the ambitious schemer who sees every bed as a rung on the corporate ladder. Overall she's basically a wide-eyed innocent in awe of Lucy and a bit bewildered by the career opportunities suddenly open to her because of her connection to Lucy - not that she took undue advantage of it anyway.Read more ›
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This movie was recommended to me by a friend but it was very dull. Couldn't get through even half of it before turning the movie off. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lexus
great acting and a really good story. sad and unexpected ending. very entertaining and recommended as a good movie to watch.Published on Dec 16 2012 by KERRY KING
A truly excellent film - a tragic story beautifully told. Ally Sheedy has never been better. I was mesmerized by the accuracy by which the world of addiction/drugs and the world... Read morePublished on March 3 2002
Really good performance from Sheedy and entire cast, and a great story too. Definitely worth viewing for anyone interested in viewing a character sketch of a burned out lesbian... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002
If you don't get depressed watching people ruin their lives doing drugs then maybe you will like this movie. Ally Sheedy's acting is great but the content left me cold.Published on Dec 11 2001
I had high expectations, I was totally let down.. This is NOT a good movie, it's not even worth renting it.Published on Nov. 15 2001
This was probably the best movie I've seen in a while. Ally Sheedy is sexy and raw through the entire preformance. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2001
What can I say about this movie? Its a realistic portrayal of a few women trying to deal with the pressures of life. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2001
I'm sorry to give this movie such a low rating, seeing as how many people enjoyed it. I guess a huge problem for me was that I could not get into the characters. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2001 by sylence