Angst Eats the Soul

In High Art she isn't doing one of those career-changing star turns that's supposed to show off how versatile she is. (Remember Sylvester Stallone in Copland?) Her immersion in the character is so total that we never think of her as showing off. Cholodenko's conception is romanticized and inauthentic, but Sheedy pulls something true out of it. Lucy has lived a life, and from the evidence on screen, so has Sheedy. She makes direct, startling contact with the audience. Bring on the great roles.

High Art.
Directed and written by Lisa Cholodenko. Starring Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell, Patricia Clarkson, and Gabriel Mann.

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