Lost And Delirious

on July 06, 2001 by Annlee Ellingson
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   Her mother having died three years ago, Mary (Mischa Barton) is sent to boarding school by her father and stepmom. She is immediately befriended by her new roommates, Paulie (Piper Perabo) and Tori (Jessica Pare), who have until now done pretty much as they pleased in their attic bedroom, including falling in love. The pair is indiscreet when it comes to their relationship, at least when it comes to their third wheel, but when they are discovered, Tori breaks it off, feeling familial pressure to slip into her societal role. Paulie is devastated, and Mary is caught up in the falling out between her two new friends.

   What begins as a sweet story about young love quickly swells to absurd proportions, as Paulie fails to understand why her true love has rejected her, quoting Shakespeare from atop a table during lunch in the cafeteria and challenging Tori's new boyfriend to an old-fashioned duel. What doesn't make sense is that the adults on campus are aware of the problem-- and even have personal experience with this exact situation--yet they do not get destabilized Paulie the help she needs nor do they even remove her from the room she shares with Tori.

   Still, there are some interesting metaphors involving fencing, gardening and birds--though the script tends to beat one over the head with them--and themes of lesbianism vs. love (Paulie insists she's not simply "a girl in love with a girl," rather "Paulie in love with Tori"), girls' complicated relationships with their mothers and adolescent self-hate ring true. Starring Piper Perabo, Jessica Pare, Mischa Barton, Jackie Burroughs, Graham Greene and Mimi Kuzyk. Directed by Lea Pool. Written by Judith Thompson. Produced by Lorraine Richard, Greg Dummett and Louis-Philippe Rochon. A Lions Gate release. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 100 min

Tags: Starring Piper Perabo, Jessica Pare, Mischa Barton, Jackie Burroughs, Graham Greene and Mimi Kuzyk. Directed by Lea Pool. Written by Judith Thompson. Produced by Lorraine Richard, Greg Dummett, Louis-Philippe Rochon, Lions Gate, Drama
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