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Where the Truth Lies (2005)

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, more...
Director: Atom Egoyan, Atom Egoyan
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Genre: Foreign
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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A reporter unexpectedly gets a personal perspective on a legendary show-business story in this adaptation of Rupert Holmes' novel, scripted and directed by noted Canadian independent filmmaker Atom Egoyan. In the mid-'50s, Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon) and Vince Collins (Colin Firth) were a wildly popular comedy team who suddenly and unexpectedly broke up at the peak of their popularity. Fifteen years after Morris and Collins called it quits, journalist Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman), who has earned a reputation for her celebrity exposés, wants to write about the true story of what happened with Morris and Collins -- and to her surprise, her publisher tells her Collins has agreed to co-author the book for a cool million dollars. The only catch is that Collins has to tell the full truth about a very large skeleton in the team's closet -- a beautiful naked woman was found drowned in the bathtub of Morris and Collins' hotel suite shortly before they broke up the act, and while the comics were cleared of any wrongdoing, rumors about the incident followed them for years. As O'Connor and Collins complete their book, they learn to their surprise that Morris has opted to write a book of his own about the team's career; eager to learn what Morris has to say, O'Connor meets him posing as a schoolteacher, and soon falls into an unexpected romantic relationship with him. O'Connor soon finds herself playing two sides against one another as she tried to learn the truth about two men with dark and scandalous pasts. Where the Truth Lies became the subject of unexpected controversy when the MPAA gave the film an NC-17 rating due to a brief scene involving a ménage à trois; the film earned significantly more lenient rating in other countries. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Great Story, Acting, Almost Saves Movie by shiftless December 17, 2007 - 12:45 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I'm not going to go greatly in depth here, but despite this movie's great idea for a story and fantastic acting performances, by the male leads, it never really felt well "put together" as a film. Alison Lohman's breathy delivery of her lines got old pretty quick for me, and she vacillates between weak-willed vacancy and "screen test meltdown". A few strange one-liner type lines would'nt have have been so bad if one of them hadn't been the entire end of the movie. You'll see what I mean. Whodunnit cliche crops up now and then too, but despite these criticisms I still love the movie visually and for it's delivery of a twisted and engaging story and set of characters.

Wasted Potential by sanzorama March 10, 2006 - 8:53 PM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I've admired Egoyan's work in the past, but I was incredibly disappointed by this film. Sigh. The plot was strong, despite an ending that seemed contrived and trite. Colin Firth & Kevin Bacon delivered fine performances, even if they sometimes seemed emotionally disconnected from their performances. The biggest problem was Alison Lohman - utterly unbelievable. She acted like her character was in a fluffy romance film - very nice to look at but emotionally lobotomized. Also her voiceover was stilted and annoying. I would have rated this film much higher, if the female lead had given an even slightly nuanced performance. I would have given this film 3 stars, but I added 1 star for excellent editing and cinematography.

The Mystery of Character by talltale February 22, 2006 - 8:46 AM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A fascinating flop (theatrically) that still commands interest and features some of the best acting its two leads have ever given, Atom Egoyan's WHERE THE TRUTH LIES combines mystery, memory and varied points of view to strange and slightly fuzzy effect. This is a beautiful film to gaze at (the sets, the time-frame, the faces and bodies on display) and much of the dialog is clever and on the mark. But Egoyan does not prove here to be the kind of stylist who can tap mystery or noir tropes; his movie is all brights lights, posh hotel rooms and lovely scenery. This is an interesting switch on the usual, but it may not be the best choice.

Yet Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth both have scenes of such quiet power and feeling that I think you'll be more than surprised. Alison Lohman ("White Oleander," "Matchstick Men") is up to snuff as the very "involved" reporter, and Rachel Blanchard is simply stunning--as gorgeous as she is provocative and surprising--in a key role. The mystery of human character is what counts here, and the writer/director manages to give that theme its due. I'd advise you not to miss this one, even though it's no knock-your-socks-off success.

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(Average 6.07)
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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2005
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
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