Storytelling (2001)

Storytelling (2001, USA) C-87m. ** D: Todd Solondz. Starring Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick, Robert Wisdom, Paul Giamatti, Xander Berkeley, Mark Webber, John Goodman, Julie Hagerty, Franka Potente, Conan O'Brien. Another attack by Solondz (HAPPINESS) on American bourgeois manners in this uneven two-part film. In the first story, student Blair has problems with her disabled boyfriend and ultimately degrades herself. In the second, longer segment, loser Giamatti tries his hands at documentary filmmaking and starts following the life of aimless teenager Webber in a typical American family. Provocative study of sexuality and teenage boredom has some daring sequences and good performances, but ending is weak. Written by the director.


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