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High art

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Movie propaganda

It's about ambition. It's about sacrifice. It's about seduction.

Syd (Radha Mitchell) has what would seem a dream job at a prestigious photography magazine, has a steady boyfriend and leads a comfortable, if not boring, life.

While investigating a leak in her apartment, Syd discovers that her neighbour is the once celebrated photographer Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy), who now lives life on the edge with her German girlfriend Greta and a collection of drug-addicted friends. It's a chance meeting, but one that will open a door for Syd to a new world she never imagined - where she is drawn to the enchanting Lucy, her strangely captivating lifestyle and where the boundary between professionalism and passion begins to blur.

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Theatrical report

Imagine yourself, wherever you are... at home on the sofa, at a bar on a stool, in the theatre... what are you doing? What do you see? What do you hear?

I can't begin to express how moving High art is. This film touched a part of me that has been locked in the deepest, darkest part of my self: so much so that there's a door that needs to be opened, yet...

The film swims in the emotions of the individual while diving into the complexity of the collective. It shows how society has run over itself in an attempt to discover life's meaning. In the end, you discover that you have been too uptight to see it.

High art is a complex movie with sub-plot after sub-plot. To understand it you have to become a part of the story, you have to become a character, be it Lucy, Syd, Greta or whoever. You need to feel what they feel, see what they see, yet remain apart enough that you can still see the wood and the trees.

This film is a Je ne sais quoi, or perhaps even Je ne sais pas because you just don't know, while, at the same time, you do. Ken Kesey once said that to understand is to be in the now and to do your own thing, and High art does this.

Forget the superficial bits: drugs, love, career, hops, friendships, and think about the deeper things like... u minutes... gee, for once I don't know what to say. But at the same time, I do. There is no wrong way to describe this film. After you have seen it and whether you are at the bar or on the street or by yourself, remember that whatever you get out of High art, this piece of art, it is not wrong.

I loved this movie so much that he I will always remember it. Everyone must see it. Or not. If you want to discover something new or old about yourself, then see it. Or miss out.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Drug use)

Not for public release in Australia before date

18 August 1999

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