• High Art (1998)

High Art

Release Date: June 12th, 1998

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 2004

R |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

Syd (Radha Mitchell), a low-level editor at a photography magazine eager to establish herself, discovers her neighbor is the once-celebrated downtown photographer Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy). Although Syd lives with her boyfriend (Gabriel Mann), she is drawn to Lucy, who has a volatile relationship with her heroin-addicted girlfriend, Greta (Patricia Clarkson). As Syd starts sleeping with Lucy, she is pulled into a glamorous but dangerous art-world scene, full of drugs and unexpected pleasures.

Cast: Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell, Patricia Clarkson, Tammy Grimes, Gabriel Mann, Bill Sage, Anh Duong, David Thornton

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Girlfriend, 1990s, New York City, Cool, Intense, Love, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    So perceptive and mature it makes similar films seem flippant. The performances are on just the right note, scene after scene, for what needs to be done. show more

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Sensitive acting and imaginative filmmaking help rescue the movie from potential excesses of its own. show more

  • 63
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    I suppose High Art is as good a name as any for this pretentious melodrama, an often- diverting but ultimately pointless attempt to wed intellectual twaddle with a soap-opera-ish lesbian romance. show more

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