|Directed by||M. Blash|
|Written by||M. Blash|
Halley Wegryn Gross
|May 28, 2006 (Cannes)
May 12, 2009 (DVD)
September 11, 2009 (limited re-release, United States)
Lying is a 2006 American independent experimental film starring Chloë Sevigny and Jena Malone, Leelee Sobieski, as well as Henry Gummer. It was directed by video artist M. Blash. It premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight and had a limited US release in 2008, with a DVD release following in May 2009. The film was given a small theatrical re-release in September 2009.
While the film follows a fairly loose, ambiguous narrative, it focuses on a group of acquaintances who spend the weekend together at a remote country house; the situation becomes complex throughout the days, though, as one of the women turns out to be a pathological liar.
A long weekend brings four New York women together in the countryside. Virtual strangers, the women are forced to navigate the depths of social interaction. On the surface all seems placid. But the atmosphere of calm is a facade.
The women are forced to reevaluate their perceptions of each other as one guest turns out to be a pathological liar.
The film never had an official script; only an outline of events that take place in the film, prepared by the director. Therefore, much of the acting in the film is improvisational. It was shot in Millerton and Pine Plains, New York, on a budget of $150,000.