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May 09, 2003

Lost and Delirious

We recently watched Lost and Delirious. It is the story of three girls who are roommates at a boarding school. Each has deep issues that make for troubled existence. When the love affair between two of them is discovered, their different reactions lead to some unfortunate outcomes.

I was disappointed in this film, having heard some positive reviews. In particular, I felt that there were some good ideas behind the film, but the way they were all tied together was poorly executed. For example, after reading my short summary, you would assume that the central characters would be involved in the love affair. You would, however, be wrong. The central character is the third roommate. She of course has her own issues, but I think the film suffers because those who made it couldn’t seem to commit to fully exploring either storyline.

I tend to be very easygoing about accepting people regardless of their sexuality. I find this to be equally true, when it comes to films. This movie highlights a consistent problem I have seen with films that involve a significant gay or lesbian plot. That problem is that perhaps because of some lingering stigma, the better writers and directors seem to shy away from the material. Interestingly, I think television seems to be overcoming this faster than mainstream film. The result is that I find most films with these themes or plots to be earnest, but with a slightly amateurish undertone.

If you are looking for a film with this type of plot, you won’t find much better, but if you are looking for a random film to watch you can. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 66.

For a complete list of my ratings go to Mike's Movie Ratings .

Posted by tmichael at May 9, 2003 09:43 PM