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Particles of Truth (2003)

R | | Drama | 14 June 2003 (USA)
Life, love, and the fear of failing . . . Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides with the complicated and obsessive life of ... See full summary »

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Jennifer Elster

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Elster ... Lilli Black
Gale Harold ... Morrison Wiley
Susan Floyd ... Louise
Larry Pine ... Mr. Wiley
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Mrs. Wiley
Mark Margolis ... Grandpa Black
Richard Wilkinson Richard Wilkinson ... Will
Elizabeth Van Meter ... Flora
Alan Samulski Alan Samulski ... Johnny
Michael Laurence ... Charles
Victoria Rosen Victoria Rosen ... Child Lilli
Ray Rosato Ray Rosato ... Timmy
Gregor Manns ... Jimmy
Tom Southern Tom Southern ... Reggie
Regina Dreyer-Thomas Regina Dreyer-Thomas ... Grandma Celantano
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Storyline

Life, love, and the fear of failing . . . Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides with the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love story exposes Lilli's internal bouts and her nightmarish "bad luck." We weave in and out of eight defective lives and go for a turbulent mental ride where Lilli's reality spirals out of control and we're led to an unforgettable climax where some fall apart and some piece themselves together. Written by Anonymous

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In 48 hours, some fall apart ... some piece themselves together.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug content, sexuality and some violence
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,348, 19 September 2004

Gross USA:

$5,348

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,348
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Quotes

Will: I stick my finger into existence and it smells like nothing.
Lilli Black: That is so funny because, I stuck my finger in my ass once and it smelled like shit.
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No truth, just a rough draft
8 September 2005 | by bm_dryerSee all my reviews

This film was given to me by a friend for two reasons: 1)she loves Gale Harold as a result of his role on "Queer as Folk" and 2)like the protagonist Lilli Black, I paint. Consequently, I wanted to like this movie, I tried to like this movie... but all I could get into was the soundtrack. I wish I could've read the music credits at the end; maybe I need a bigger TV.

The good news: There are threads of a good (movie) story that exist in this film. The camera work is great, the atmosphere compelling, the music evocative. Larry Pine and Leslie Lyles (as the Wileys, Gale Harold's parents) turn in the most honest performances. I was disappointed at the lack of depth in their storyline; there was a real start of something there.

The bad news is simple: this film tries. There is a very contrived quality that overshadows the whole film because the audience (at least this one) recognizes that the director is trying to get us to feel something. The story was full of meaning and angst, with a very unfulfilling explanation of its origins. The viewer is not allowed to come to any conclusions on their own because the whole of the movie is leading them from symbol to indicator to cliché; in short, everything people resent about bad poetry.

With all due respect, this film (for me) is a perfect argument for keeping directors on one side of the camera. Yes, it works for a select few to act and direct, but those individuals (usually) have a clear idea of who the film should be about, and foresight enough to let someone else be the star. Maybe the director made the film she set out to make. It's just possible, however, that a singular focus on directing the film would've revealed the movie's true strength: the characters who made the protagonists who they were, not the angst they forced on the world as a result. The last twenty years of pop culture have given us our fill of angst and blame, but that wounded family dynamic will hit home almost every time. It needs to be honest, though, or it turns into a poor excuse for a life-long tantrum. And nobody wants to watch a movie about that.


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