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A Slipping Down Life 1999 R CC

4.3 out of 5 stars (35) IMDb 6.2/10

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, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Music
Director Toni Kalem
Starring Lili Taylor, Guy Pearce
Supporting actors Irma P. Hall, Tom Bower, Bruno Kirby, Veronica Cartwright, Shawnee Smith, Sara Rue, John Hawkes, Marshall Bell, 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
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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I love indie films from the 1990's and I particularly love Lili Taylor. Here she plays Evie, a sweet, shy, lost soul. One night while listening to the radio she hears charismatic musician Drumsticks, [ Guy Pierce as a grunge Jim Morrison ], speaking to her soul. She becomes a fan and then cuts his name into her forehead which kicks off a relationship and the beginning of their journey, the goal of which is to leave their dead end town.

The two principles were a delight and the supporting cast was wonderful. However, the direction and/ or script was peripatetic without the supporting architecture which would have made the characters' actions and secondary relationships transparent. I never understood the interaction between Evie and her father, or why Drumsticks behaved the way he did --though his insecure and unaccomplished father did pop up out of nowhere to make a violent scene at one point.

I'm giving it three and a half stars, but still recommending it it for viewers who are tired of slick and predictable Hollywood productions. It's far from a waste of time, and if you are here already, you can probably use your imagination to fill in the missing pieces.
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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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I very rarely say this about a film but, after reading the book the movie is definitly better. In the book you see the two characters working around each other with Evie in love with Drum and him just moseing along. The film portrays a mutual affection between characters. Great performances by Guy Pearce and Lilly Taylor. Not a movie that will change your life but, it will definitly make your day better.
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