High Art
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A highlight of the 1998 Sundance Festival: Cholodenko depicts with unwavering veracity the breakup of one longtime lesbian relationship just as another, unexpected one begins. The acting of the three women, Sheedy Mitchell, and Clarkson, is superb."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Who knew Ally Sheedy was so sexy?"
‑ Beth Jones, Roanoke Times (Virginia)
"Marks the superior feature film debut of Cholodenko, as well as Sheedy's strongest, and best, role to date."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"The film feels superficial, with all its glib characters provoking an air of chic fashion."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Warmed-over Red Shoe Diaries episode wrapped in a blanket of pretension."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A solid if diffident, strongly character-focused drama worth the time of those who appreciate shoegazing introspection for the High Art that it is."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"As a once-acclaimed photographer who drifted out of the New York art scene into a private world of drugs and dead-end relationships, Sheedy is a genuine revelation; gone are the days when she coasted by on charm and her girl-next-door smile."
‑ James Sanford, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A pseudo-intellectual film about the pseudo-intellectual world of art magazines, High Art is as wasted as its drug-addled protagonists."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Solid, sexy drama with a dash of wit. Fine performances especially by Clarkson."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"Needed some naked Radha (don't we all?)"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"This affecting film is one of the year's more intriguing art-house entries, and doesn't deserve to be simply relegated to a niche audience."
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
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