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At approximately 22 minutes into the film I decided to do the research to see what went wrong on me even paying for this mess. We have a story about four women uniting at a country home for unknown reasons and with unknown motives. Throw in some horrible hand-held camera work, bad film quality, characters you learn nothing about or why they are even talking to each other, senseless dialogue, boring performances and voila: 94 non-returnable minutes.
I even tried to get this from the point of view of my customers having a ladies night or wanting to see something edgy or fascinating. Nothing I listed could qualify for that. Yes, I am pissed I wasted money for a movie most customers will find boring, meaningless and poorly written - but even as into minimalist films as I am - this is a definite skipper.
DVD: Todd Haynes' interview of M and the commentary are a double dose of furtherance into this film, so if you enjoyed this, it makes it a purchase item, otherwise be careful on this one.
Edit: The reviews have been removed (at least at the moment) - so in case one is wondering what the heck I am babbling about, I swear there were two other reviews here...
The main reason I rented this though, wasn't mainly for Sobieski but for Anthony Roth Costanzo's role, who is now a distinguished and famous counter tenor. And one of my most favorite opera singers. I loved his role as Francis (which he won an award for) in "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries" (also with Leelee Sobieski.) So I wanted to see him in this movie, "Lying," as well. After watching this very very boring movie for some time anxiously waiting for him, I suddenly heard him singing out of nowhere at a random part. He sounded to be coming from outside the house, and with Sevingy's character not letting them go outside, all 4 girls end up running around the house trying to find out him and where this voice is coming from. Sometimes it sounds like he is in the house, in different places. So the whole scene just shows them frantically running around, while Sevingy's character ends up just standing at the fireplace with her glass of wine just watching and laughing at them. After a whole 5 minutes of this, she finally tells them that "he's in the fireplace" and they rush to see. He sings one last time. And that was that. He is never seen or heard again.Read more ›
Yes there are female characters like the one played by Chloe Sevigny. Women who lie just for the sake of lying building up their image a bit but the movie went no further to develop the plot or character.
If you enjoy cinéma vérité and the opportunity to observe, there are worse ways to spend ninety minutes than letting this quiet little film wash over you.
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