I'm Losing You

on July 16, 1999 by Ed Scheid
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   "I'm losing you" is a phrase used by drivers as their cellular phones lose connection. In this film set in contemporary Los Angeles, the characters face more serious loss from death and a breakdown in communication. Writer/director Bruce Wagner gives his film a vivid ambience, showing the unhappiness beneath the slick and glossy upper-class setting.
   All the protagonists are dealing in very different ways with death. Perry (Frank Langella) is a successful TV producer who is shocked to discover that he has inoperable cancer. Perry's niece Rachel (Rosanna Arquette), whom he and his wife adopted when the girl's parents were killed, turns toward traditional Jewish rituals after she unexpectedly discovers the truth about how her mother and father really died. And Perry's cynical son Bertie (Andrew McCarthy), a struggling actor who is too proud to appear on his father's sci-fi TV show, tries to raise money by selling the life insurance policies of AIDS victims, and becomes drawn to a woman with AIDS (Elizabeth Perkins).
   While the characters are familiar Los Angeles types, the film is enlivened by sharp dialogue and a uniformly strong cast. Perkins gives a particularly memorable performance, movingly showing her character's anguish about her impending death.
   "I'm Losing You" becomes increasingly compelling as the characters are forced by the pain of their loss to reconfigure their lives in new directions.    Starring Rosanna Arquette, Frank Langella, Andrew McCarthy and Elizabeth Perkins. Directed and written by Bruce Wagner. Produced by Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 98 min.
Tags: Rosanna Arquette, Frank Langella, Andrew McCarthy and Elizabeth Perkins. Directed and written by Bruce Wagner. Produced by Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler. Drama, truth, cancer, unhappiness, ambience
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