A Slipping Down Life 1999 R CC

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A shy, young woman (Lili Taylor), living a sheltered life in a small southern town, embarks on a journey to self-awareness when she falls in love with an eccentric rock star (Guy Pearce).

Starring:
Lili Taylor, Guy Pearce
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Music
Director Toni Kalem
Starring Lili Taylor, Guy Pearce
Supporting actors Irma P. Hall, John Hawkes, Veronica Cartwright, Marshall Bell, Shawnee Smith, Sara Rue, Bruno Kirby, Tom Bower, Jo Ann Farabee, Harv Morgan, Jason Russell Waller, Lew Temple, Jason Kavalewitz, Jeff McMillioan, Brian Stack, Kevin Stack, Billy Harvey, Mike Hynes
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

While waiting for the tragic outcome that seems inevitable, the movie unfolds so much like life.
Amy Cain
In either case, I really enjoyed the performances - especially two of the most underrated actors, Lili Taylor and Guy Pearce.
LAM
This is a very good movie I would recommend to my friends.n Love the quirky and sweet love story.
Persephone Huffman

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on December 19, 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this the same day I saw the big budget spectacular "The Aviator" about Howard Hughes. After seeing both it was clear to me which of the two films was better and had more lasting value -- this little slice of life about two unusual people cast together in small town America.

Guy Pearce plays a Southern rock musician and Lili Taylor plays a fan of his and, later, the object of his affection in this little movie about real people, real emotions and real events. Unlike the big budget blockbuster "The Aviator", this film was not full of stars gussied up to mimic famous people and their exploits.

This movie is more about real life as you may have lived and witnessed it. It has ver realistic performances and situations, unrelenting pathos, and an optimistic ending, something not guaranteed in movies this close to reality.

Pearce and Taylor give magnificent three dimensional performances in this film about coming out, friendship, idolatry, love, marriage and death. It is well worth your time and money and will give you longlasting pleasure and satisfaction.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Linda Linguvic HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 4, 2004
Format: DVD
Adapted from a novel by Ann Tyler, this is a small independent film that has finally been released after being an limbo since 1998. Toni Kalem, who sometimes appears as one of Carmela's friends in The Sopranos, is the writer/director of this film and she's taken the material and suited it well to the screen.

Starring Lili Taylor as a mousy young woman in a rather bleak and depressed small town in the south, we can all identify with her attraction to a local rock musician played by Guy Pearce. She becomes obsessed with him even though he doesn't even notice her. Suddenly, in an act that shocked me with its suddenness, she goes into a ladies room and, with a piece of broken glass, she carves his name into her forehead.

This, of course, gets his attention, and they even have their picture put in the newspaper together. It's not surprising that a romance then blossoms and they marry. During the rest of the film, we see the scar on her forehead in various stages of healing. Lili Taylor is an incredibly gifted actress and she plays the role both tough and sweet with an inner core that is clear, pure and honest, especially as her husband's career is failing and she's the one who has to hold the relationship together.

Most of the film is very subtle, the textures are soft, the feeling is quiet and we get a glimpse of the working class lives of the characters that is all about survival. And yet there is love in this film and the eccentric romance is unique and interesting. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it were just a little shorter and moved a little faster. However, I'm aware that this is my particular taste and the rather slow pacing of this offbeat romance was well suited to the material. Recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Wilson on April 17, 2006
Format: DVD
Lili Taylor and Guy Pearce are totally convincing as two eccentric characters struggling with loneliness and longing for a different life than their sleepy Southern town has offered them so far.

A few interesting plot twists and amazing music make up for the areas where the film falters. The supporting characters are a bit cliched and the framework wasn't always fully laid down for the viewer to understand the character's motivations.

However, I do feel this film is underappreciated. Pearce and Taylor's realization of these characters surpasses the minor flaws. Guy Pearce manages a Jim Morrison-esque sexiness and impressive vocals in the musical sequences. I also highly recommend the Soundtrack album for this film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Randy Buck VINE VOICE on September 5, 2005
Format: DVD
A SLIPPING-DOWN LIFE languished for several years without theatrical distribution, then quickly vanished from theatres, only to promptly surface on DVD. Despite spotty reviews during its theatrical release, fans of novelist Anne Tyler or thoughtful independent film should grab this one, quickly. Director/screenwriter Toni Kalem's background as an actress clearly shows in the performances she gets from a fine cast. Lili Taylor, while probably too old for the girl she's playing, is as intelligent and touching as always, while Guy Pearce gives one of his best performances as the rocker who's the object of her obsession. Nice turns from Irma P. Hall and (making the best of small roles) Veronica Cartwright, Keith McDermott, Clea DuVall and Bruno Kirby. Literate, affectionate and affecting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Princess Nikki on December 2, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I haven't read the book... My thoughts are inspired purely by the movie.

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"A Slipping Down Life" is a beautiful small town fantasy nicely portrayed by all the actors. The movie is about Evie Decker's obsession for a musician named Drumstrings Casey, and all the things she'll do in the name of love. In the name of hope.

Even though the movie is small it has such intensity! Evie's conviction is heart breaking and magical at the same time.

Looking back on it, the movie reminded me of "The Whole Wide World". They both share that innocense that when done right can be delightful and endlessly charming.

This is a charming movie.

If you haven't seen it you can't expect a big love story or a masterpiece. You should expect a small movie full of soul, then you're prepared to be blown away by the somewhat unusual little moments that will feel more like a dream than anything else.
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