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Life and the Art of Lying (2017)

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A free-spirited compulsive liar struggles to connect honestly with the love of her life when devastating news drives her to pursue a renegade solution.


Emily Schooley


Emily Schooley
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Angela Martin ... Charlie
Ariana Leask Ariana Leask ... Mara
Kelly-Marie Murtha ... Dr. Simone
Miroki Tong Miroki Tong ... Sia
Kari Kineear Kari Kineear ... Alex
Lisa S. Dyment Lisa S. Dyment ... Natalie
Leonard Mario Zgrablic Leonard Mario Zgrablic ... Phil
Tracey Strauss Tracey Strauss ... Amy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Fournier ... Party Guest
Jen Frankel ... Party Guest
Michael Lake ... Party Guest
Gavin Magrath Gavin Magrath ... Party Guest
Madaliso Mulaisho Madaliso Mulaisho ... Party Guest
Jillian Nagel Jillian Nagel ... Party Guest
Linus Rachlis Linus Rachlis ... Party Guest


Charlie, a bubbly queer artist, heads into a new year surrounded by her closest friends. But her plans for carefree fun are dashed when she is suddenly confronted with a health crisis. Not wanting to burden those she loves with her news, Charlie lies repeatedly to cover up the severity of her situation. With no easy cures at hand, Charlie turns to her medical doctor - Dr. Simone - and chooses to secretly pursue a renegade solution for her illness. As Charlie's feelings for her best friend Mara grow stronger, the two women are both forced to confront the painful truths they have been avoiding.

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Short | Drama



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Release Date:

2017 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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The film's working title while in production was "Reset" See more »


Written by Red Nightfall
Performed by Red Nightfall
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Beautiful, haunting film
17 January 2018 | by ubcdavicSee all my reviews

I managed to catch this film when it screened at CIFF late last year. While it seems that the director, Emily Schooley, is often known for her work in horror this was a surprisingly pleasant turn from her usual fare.

Overall the film has a very European feel to it, in terms of pacing and the type of shots used. It is ultimately a love story between two women and the way Schooley unfolds their individual struggles is raw and compelling to watch. The film is most certainly written for intelligent cinephiles with a twist ending that is subtlely set up early on but very easy to miss.

I would really love to see this film get wider distribution and be sure to check it out if it screens at a festival near you.

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