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Total Crap: 5.77%

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Lost and Delirious
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by EricDSnider

"A poignant, sweet lesbian tragedy (no, not Lilith Fair)."
4 stars

You know a film is in for some tragedy when the characters start studying Shakespeare in their English classes. Certainly some key line spoken by one of the Bard's many doomed lovers, highlighted by the dowdy old schoolmarm in a scene half-way through the movie, will come to have relevance later.

"Lost and Delirious" follows this formula to a T, but is otherwise generally beyond reproach as a tragic story of a tortured romance at an all-girls boarding school.

If "romance" and "all-girls boarding school" make you furrow your eyebrows in puzzlement, perhaps knowing that this is a Sundance Film Festival entry will help you understand. The lesbianism is not shied away from; in fact, there is a very graphic sex scene between two of the girls, and effectively moody pop music by the likes of Sara Maclachlan is sprinkled throughout.

The romance is between Victoria (Jessica Pare) and Paulie (Piper Perabo). Victoria has strict parents whom she doesn't like; Paulie was adopted and is trying to find her birth mother. Paulie is the rebellious one at the snooty school, swearing at teachers and spiking the punch; Victoria goes along with her on most points.

Initially, however, the main character is Mary "Mouse" Bradford (Mischa Barton), a new student whose mother has died and whose father and stepmother have sent her away. She's resentful of this, but keeps it inside, until the living Id that is Paulie helps her let it out.

Mary discovers Victoria and Paulie's well-kept secret early on, as she shares a bedroom with them. The lovers are glad to have their friend know about their relationship, but when several other girls walk in on them and realize what's going on, Victoria quickly back-pedals. She can't handle being a lesbian and having everyone know about it, so she breaks things off with her one true love and takes up with a boy from the nearby all-boys school (where, we can assume, parallel stories of forbidden love are also taking place).

Paulie, never the stable one to begin with, goes rather nutty at being dumped. She's lost not just her lover, but her best friend. She begins a rather interesting relationship with an injured bird of prey in the woods behind the school, and her connection to the animal is an interesting metaphor for everything else that's going on.

Once the film gets past the initial girls-school quaintness (oh, look, they're having pillow fights!), it never lets up. Piper Perabo, who was really bad in "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" and "Coyote Ugly," apparently decided to stop sucking and start acting, because she does an admirable job with this very difficult role. Paulie is irrational and dramatic, prone to immature behavior, while constantly trying to be an independent grown-up. Her flat refusal to accept help from concerned teachers is poignant.

Mary's friendship with the groundskeeper is unnecessary and trite, but the rest of the film is effective. It captures the emotions of the central characters in a powerful way, and its tragic air is palpable throughout.

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User Comments

5/24/06 Billy Do you ever see the movies "Elizabeth" and "Elizabeth I"? 3 stars
5/09/06 K. Sear Typical teenage melodramatic crap. This is why people don't take Canadian film seriously. 1 stars
7/19/05 Jeff Anderson An honest, compelling & truthful film. Piper Perabo gives her best performance to date. 5 stars
2/27/05 hamza hamza 5 stars
10/01/04 kassy great story, great cast, great directing... 5 stars
5/02/04 RONALD ELARDO a very touching story about the hearache of being in love! 5 stars
4/17/04 Michael Greenwaldt A truthful, heartbreaking tragedy! Piper Perabo shines! One of 2001's very best! 5 stars
4/03/04 Rink super 5 stars
7/08/03 jojo a very sad and touching story 5 stars
2/22/03 nanite the new england christian mothers brigade looks at all-girls schools... 2 stars
11/26/02 saghir no comments 1 stars
11/12/02 joseph liccione I really think that all the actors did a great job. Maybe we should watch more films from C 5 stars
11/07/02 patrick OMG THE CHICKS WERE SOOO HOT! DUDE SWEEEET! - no but seriously...this movie is pretty deep. 5 stars
5/30/02 zotteLORRE true melancholic/emotional story 4 stars
2/09/02 A.K. One of the best of the year. Extremely powerful. Piper Perabo is tremendous 5 stars
10/03/01 Leafsfans A movie that is so thought-provoking 5 stars
10/02/01 Foxfire Movie was beautiful and sad... 5 stars
9/29/01 Irit Very sweet, fun and touch movie 5 stars
9/23/01 River The greatest movie ever! 5 stars
9/10/01 Summer Shafer Sexy, Emotional, and Bizarre in the End 5 stars
9/07/01 shane moore sad and depressing.Not just a lezbian film.but for all who understands the human heart 5 stars
9/02/01 Eryn Awesome movie, very well acted, and directed!:) 5 stars
8/29/01 Charleen Auger C'est un film très troublant 5 stars
8/05/01 Trellis21 Reminded me of real life 5 stars
7/27/01 Kelly Extremely believable characters; extremely well done film! 5 stars
7/26/01 Emma This movie represents really well what some1 can feel a deep tru love...but the actions wer 5 stars
7/24/01 bugeyedkitty i cried! 5 stars
7/21/01 Victor Olteanu Canadian Crap, Bad Even by Hollywood Standards 1 stars
7/15/01 Annie Chang very moving performance by piper perabo 5 stars
7/11/01 Andrea Dramatically poignant and brilliantly performed by the three leads, especially Perabo. 5 stars
6/29/01 Christine A good and simple story. Go see it! 5 stars
6/08/01 Lorene Mendoza A very interesting movie 4 stars
5/09/01 Extera Holmes moving, truly captures the world of the school girls in a private boarding school setting 5 stars
5/02/01 Arthur Unknown Finally!! it touched my heart 5 stars
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Directed by
  Lea Pool

Written by
  Judith Thompson

  Mischa Barton
  Grace King
  Jessica Paré
  Piper Perabo
  Emily VanCamp
  Jackie Burroughs

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