|Directed by||Todd Solondz|
|Written by||Todd Solondz|
|Edited by||Alan Oxman|
|Distributed by||Fine Line Features|
|Box office||$1.3 million|
Storytelling is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz. It features original music by Belle & Sebastian, later compiled on an album of the same name. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
The film consists of two stories that are unrelated and have different actors, titled "Fiction" and "Non-Fiction". College and high school serve as the backdrop for these two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
The original version of the film featured a third story entitled "Autobiography", concerning, among other things, a closeted football player played by actor James van der Beek. The main character has an explicit sex scene with a male partner (Steven Rosen); the entire story was cut from the final version.
Red box controversy
During the sex scene in the "Fiction" part of the film, a red box was added for the American version of the film, blocking the audience's view of a rough sex scene between Selma Blair and Robert Wisdom. This was used to bend the rules of the MPAA's rating system, allowing the film to obtain the R rating instead of NC-17. The box is not present in the international version of the film, although in the American DVD release, both options are available.
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- "Festival de Cannes: Storytelling". Festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
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- Hubbell, Anne (January 11, 2002). "'Storytelling' at Sundance with Todd Solondz". CNN.
- Storytelling at the Internet Movie Database
- Storytelling at Box Office Mojo
- Storytelling at Rotten Tomatoes
- Storytelling at Metacritic