Lost and Delirious

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Lost and Delirious
Lost and Delirious poster.jpg
The promotional poster for the film
Directed by Léa Pool
Produced by Greg Dummett
Lorraine Richard
Louis-Philippe Rochon
Screenplay by Judith Thompson
Based on The Wives of Bath
by Susan Swan
Starring Piper Perabo
Jessica Paré
Mischa Barton
Music by Yves Chamberland
Cinematography Pierre Gill
Edited by Gaétan Huot
Production
company
Greg Dummett Films
Cite-Amerique
Distributed by Seville Pictures (Canada)
Lions Gate Entertainment (USA)
Release date
Running time
103 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Box office $307,233[1]

Lost and Delirious is a 2001 Canadian drama film directed by Léa Pool and loosely based on the novel The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan. Lost and Delirious is filmed from the perspective of Mary (Mischa Barton), who observes the changing love between her two teenage friends, Pauline (Piper Perabo) and Victoria (Jessica Paré). The film premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.[2]

Plot[edit]

Mary is a new student at the all girls' boarding school, and dorms with Paulie and Victoria. In an effort to get the shy Mary to break out of her shell, Paulie and Tori involve her in their activities, such as running in the mornings. When they hear that Mary's mother has died, Paulie nicknames her "Mary Brave."

Mary observes the intimacy between her two dormmates. Peering out a window at night, she sees them kissing on a roof. Paulie and Tori's relationship is close and Paulie is full of life. At one point she turns a quiet afternoon on the campus into a music-blasting dance party and spikes the punch. In another moment, she defends Victoria from a frustrated math teacher who humiliates her when she does not understand basic math.

When the three are running one day, Paulie comes across a hurt falcon, which she befriends. After reading up on falcons, she trains the animal. While she is tending to the falcon, Mary and Tori come across some boys from the nearby boys school. One flirts with Tori, asking if she will be attending her brother's 18th birthday party and making it clear that he likes her. When Mary and Tori are alone, Tori expresses disgust at the boy's interest in her, saying, "He liked my tits." When Mary asks if she'll go to the party, Tori says, "And have all those gross guys groping me? I'd rather stay home."

Over time, Paulie and Tori become more comfortable showing affection in front of Mary. It progresses from a quick kiss on the lips in front of her, to the two sharing a bed while Mary is sleeping.

One morning, Victoria's sister and friends rush into the room to wake up the older girls. Paulie is lying in Tori's bed, and it is clear that the two are topless. Horrified silence falls over everyone.

Mary pushes Tori's sister out of the room and closes the door. Tori angrily tells Paulie to get out of her bed. When confronted by her sister, she tries to extinguish her sister's suspicions by telling her Paulie has an unrequited crush on her and crawled into her bed. Her sister promises to "fix" the rumors about Tori and not tell their parents anything. As she walks away from this conversation, Victoria collapses into tears.

In the library, Victoria explains to Mary that her family, her parents and her sister, are strongly homophobic, and she must stop the relationship to prevent their rejection. Mary sympathizes with both of her friends, as she too feels rejected by her father, who does not bother to show up to a father/daughter dance. The break up is not clean however. Paulie degenerates into psychotic abusive behavior, like destroying a mirror and thrashing a dish cart to the floor. A rejection letter from the agency that handled Paulies adoption, which says that her birth mother denied a request from Paulie to get in touch, further sends her over the edge. Meanwhile, Victoria dates the guy she met from the boys school and hardly speaks to Paulie.

Victoria has sex with her boyfriend, which prompts Paulie to declare a duel with him. After she kicks his leg, during a fencing match, throwing him to the ground, she demands that he give up her queen. When he brushes her off, she stabs her sword into his leg. Mary rushes to stop her. Paulie then runs off. Mary runs to Victoria's soccer match, which is being watched by the principal and the main teacher. Just after reaching the group, Mary sees Paulie, sobbing from the top of a building. Crying out for her beloved, she jumps to her death.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film garnered a mixed reaction from critics. Based on 59 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, it is certified "rotten," with an approval rating of 51 percent; the site's consensus is that "Lost and Delirious becomes exactly that, as the film sinks into overwrought melodrama and cliched, obvious symbolism."[3]

The performances of Perabo, Paré and Barton were, however, widely praised.[4] Perabo's performance in particular received critical acclaim, which Loren King of the Chicago Tribune remarked was her "breakout performance".[5] Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman called her "an actress of glittering ferocity" and her performance "a geyser of emotion".[6] Jim Lane of the Sacramento News & Review said that "Perabo is a revelation, wild and fiery—it’s a breakthrough performance, astonishing in its fervency"[7] and Roger Ebert praised her performance for its sincerity and "wonderful abandon and conviction". Ebert went on to give the film three-and-a-half out of four stars, writing that the film "stirred within me memories of that season in adolescence when the heart leaps up in passionate idealism—and inevitably mingles it with sexual desire." Ebert praised Pool as she "creates a lush, thoughtfully framed, and composed film; her classical visual style lends gravitas to this romantic story."[8]

Awards and honours[edit]

Year Award Category Result[9]
2001 Mar del Plata Film Festival "ADF Cinematography Award" Won
Stockholm Film Festival "Audience Award" Won
Valladolid International Film Festival "Golden Spike" Nominated
2002 Verona Love Screens Film Festival "Best Film" Nominated
Directors Guild of Canada "DCT Team Award - Outstanding Achievement in a Feature Film" Nominated
Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards "Best Cinematography in Theatrical Feature" - Pierre Gill Won
Genie Awards "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role" - Mimi Kuzyk Nominated
"Best Screenplay" - Judith Thompson Nominated
"Best Achievement in Cinematography" - Pierre Gill Won

Production details[edit]

The movie was filmed in Lennoxville, Quebec on the Bishop's University Campus and across the St Francois River at Bishop's College School. Students attending summer classes there during filming were used as extras.

Soundtrack[edit]

Written and Performed by Meshell Ndegeocello
Maverick Records
  • "Add It Up"
Performed by Violent Femmes
Written by Gordon Gano
Beyond Music
  • "You Had Time"
Written and Performed by Ani DiFranco
Righteous Babe Records
  • "River Waltz"
Performed by Cowboy Junkies
Written by Michael Timmins
Cowboy Junkies Inc.
Performed by Muungano National Choir
Universal Music

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lost and Delirious (2001)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ allmovie.com
  3. ^ Lost and Delirious (2001) Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 24 December 2011
  4. ^ "Lost and Delirious". murphysmoviereviews. 21 December 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "`Lost' a welcome break from summer's light fare". Chicago Tribune. 13 July 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lost and Delirious (2001)". Entertainment Weekly. 3 August 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lost and Delirious". Sacramento News & Review. 23 August 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "LOST AND DELIRIOUS". RogerEbert.com. 13 July 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  9. ^ imdb.com awards list

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