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Lost and Delirious (2001)

Cast: Piper Perabo, Piper Perabo, Jessica Paré, more...
Director: Léa Pool, Léa Pool
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Coming of Age , Features, Canada
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Three schoolgirls learn about the joys, sorrows, and varieties of love in this drama based on the novel The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan. Mary (Mischa Barton) is a quiet girl who is still recovering from the death of her mother. Mary's father and new stepmother, who are blind to her emotional needs, send her away to an all-girls college, where Mary becomes fast friends with her new roommates, sophisticated Paulie (Piper Perabo) and worldly Tory (Jessica Pare). But Mary soon discovers that Paulie and Tory are more than just friends, and have begun to pursue a passionate physical relationship. While initially puzzled by their lesbian leanings, Mary remains close friends with both of them; Tory's sister is not so open minded, however, and threatens to tell their parents about Tory's affair. Afraid and confused, Tory quickly breaks off her romance with Paulie and takes up with Jake (Luke Kirby), a student at a nearby boys' school. Paulie is heartbroken, and desperately struggles to win Tory back by writing her epic-length poems on the subject of love and loss. Paulie also finds a metaphor for her wounded heart as she finds an injured bird in the woods and struggles to restore it to health; in addition, she discovers an understanding soul in the person of Fay Vaughn (Jackie Burroughs), one of her teachers. Lost and Delirious was the first English-language feature for Québecois filmmaker Lea Pool; the film received its world premiere at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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An Inspiration by JeniferM January 9, 2005 - 9:24 AM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This film is absolutely delightful and one of my favorites. It has some of the best love scenes featuring two women that I've ever enjoyed. Piper Perabo (Polly) is the more aggressive of the pair, and Jessica Pare (Victoria), with her enchanting deep set eyes and her enrapturing breasts (shown in silhouette during their after-hours trysts), is the essence of loveliness. The story is told through the eyes of Misha Barton (Mary), their roommate, who is innocent and non-judgmental.

The first half of the movie is like a fairy tale come true as the girls give to one another completely. But after being discovered by her sister, Victoria tries to downplay the significance of the relationship and instead switches her attention to boys. Polly, however, is not so quick to let go and she goes down swinging, which gives the movie a predictably tragic (lesbian movie) ending.

On another level, though, this film contrasts two very different types of woman-to-woman relationships; one that is bisexual and enjoyed by girls before they discover boys; and another that is lesbian which leads to a very different place. For me, this movie's message is that girls can find a measure of happiness with each other so long as they take the former path. And that the latter route is always more treacherous.

Making love to another woman today immediately earns one the title of 'lesbian.' But, as Victoria's character attempts to demonstrate, girls being affectionate with one another can be a charming and naturally reassuring step towards achieving maturity, and that it needn't lead one to loving women exclusively (which, from my own experiences, I already knew to be true).

I'm just thrilled that a movie as utterly enchanting as 'Lost and Delirious' is the one serving up this alternative reality for women -- to everyone. Please dont miss it!

Overwrought but affecting story of young love by JSlaton October 10, 2004 - 9:35 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
If you're going to enjoy this movie you'll have to learn to ignore some of the cringe-worthy dialogue -- it's adapted from a book (The Wives of Bath) and sounds like it. But even still, L&D is an exceedingly romantic tale of young love. The movie's center is Mouse (Mischa Barton), a shy new girl at an exclusive boarding school who begins rooming with the impulsive, aggressive Polly (Piper Perabo) and insecure Tori (Jessica Pare). In just a few days she discovers her roommates are lovers, a secret Mouse keeps to herself until their affair is discovered. At that point, Tori rejects Polly and begins dating a fella at a nearby boys' school, leaving Polly to self-destruct alone. The movie's a little silly, a little pretentious, and uses very heavy-handed metaphors. But with a very realistic love story, at least one super-hot sex scene, and great acting all around, it's worth a viewing for those who like tragic love stories.

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