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Love Liza (2002)

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Jack Kehler, more...
Director: Todd Louiso
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Independent
Running Time: 89 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi
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Love Liza is a psychological drama about a man trying to come to terms with his wife's suicide. Wilson Joel (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is searching for answers as to why his wife, Liza, killed herself. He is unable to bring himself to read the suicide note Liza left behind. Instead of facing his demons, Wilson becomes addicted to sniffing gasoline. Kathy Bates co-stars as Liza's mother. This film was written by the star's brother Gordy Hoffman, and directed by newcomer Todd Louiso. Love Liza was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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Hoffman Is A Star by iburstinto January 18, 2004 - 1:45 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Philip Seymour Hoffman is usually a bridesmaid and in this film, he was finally a bride. And, a beautiful one at that. Showing us the amazing pain one man might go through after losing his love, I shed many a tear and almost forgot it was a film and he was an actor. On the same token, there were many laughs to be had what with the chaos that was ensuing in Wilson Joel's mind after this huge tragedy in his life. The film was also beautiful in a visual sense.

Gas Huffing and Music in Film by JHeath June 24, 2003 - 9:18 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I made a comment to my girlfriend while watching Love Liza that huffing gas is about the most destructive thing you can do to your body, for not that much reward. There are so many other substances that will make you feel much better and don't have as horrible side effects on your life. But that's exactly the point for Wilson Joel, his life as he knew it is over, and it's all about destruction now. It's like Wilson wants to join his wife, but with a slow, soft suicide. He wants to feel what she felt as she died, why she died, but he doesn't want to read the letter that Liza left him. Very sad, and often darkly funny, Love Liza offers an interesting take on coping with lose in one's life.

I also must comment on the soundtrack, which was done by Jim O'Rourke. That is how I originally found out about Love Liza, I read that Jim O'Rourke was working on the soundtrack, which was delightful to hear, since I am already a huge fan. It was very weird though, seeing these songs that I know so well in a film and the images associated with them. Never before when I have listened to "Halfway to a Threeway" have I associated it with getting high on gas, but it was strangely fitting in the context of the film. One of the most memorable song moments in the film for me is when Wilson is driving at night to escape the old parts of his life, there are some hand held video shots of signs and overpasses on the interstate, and in the back ground "Ghost Ship in a Storm" is playing. It's a stunningly beautiful use of music in film.

FINALLY! by LJSosa June 1, 2003 - 5:59 PM PDT
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I've been watching Phillip Seymore Hoffman for years and I've been waiting for this kind of acting from him. He's one of the most under-appreciated young actors around.

The film itself is the kind that hits you with a delayed punch. You don't realize what you've actually been through until a few hours after the ending titles roll.

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