Lost and Delirious (2001)

Starring: Piper Perabo, Jessica Paré, Mischa Barton, Graham Greene, Jackie Burroughs, Mimi Kuzyk

Directed by: Léa Pool

R. 105 mins

A sweet story that unfortunately lives up to it’s title. Based on The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan, the film begins with the quiet Mary (Misha Barton) being sent to an all-girls school after the loss of her mother. She soon discovers that her two female roommates – the aggressive Paulie (Piper Perabo) and cultured Tory (Jessica Paré) – are more than just friends. Mary, like the audience, is the curious observer to all of this. Tory isn’t as sure of her sexuality as Paulie is and she draws further and further away from the heartbroken Paulie. Pool directs this teen drama with passion and sympathy but what begins as a wonderfully delicate tale soon becomes overwraught with obvious symbolism and melodrama. Touching performances and a convincing portrayal of adolescence make Lost and Delirious worth a watch but, like the girls it showcases, this film needed a bit more time to mature and discover what it was intended to be – * * 1/2

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