Lost and Delirious

Synopsis: Friends, Roomates, Lovers.

Mouse Bradford has just arrived at Perkins Girls College, leaving behind her father, stepmother and the small town where she grew up. Her two senior roommates, the striking, sharp-witted Pauline and the charming and beautiful Tory, quickly adopt Mouse who has lost her mother. When Pauline and Tory are found to be lovers, Mouse is caught in the role of accomplice and confessor; and is left torn between her two friends.
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Lost and Delirious 8.25

This film could easily be dismissed as either one of those cheesy teen flicks or as a lesbian fantasy for guys (especially in light of its casting choices winking0002 Free Emoticons   Winking). It’s neither. ‘Lost and Delirious’ is a solid, serious drama about love, loss and betrayal. It’s a lovely, but tragic, look at the fragility of human connection.

I’ve seen this once (or twice?) before and I’m taken with it every time. I find its raw emotion extremely potent and it moves me without fail; I can’t help but hurt for Polly, who only wants to be loved and is rejected time and time again. sad0038 Free Sad Emoticons

Polly has felt unloved her whole life. She dreams of finding the mother she never met, and she wants to devote her life to Tory, her girlfriend. Sadly, it all collapses around her. Her only solace are Shakespeare’s works and a raptor that she has been nursing back to health. In helping it fly again, she has invested her hopes of escape. And, in Shakespeare, she taps the strength to carry on.

In matters of the heart, I think one thing that’s worse than unrequited love is love torn away in full bloom. But then, even worse than that, is having love torn away in full bloom – and then having omnipresent reminders of one’s loss. It would be crazy-making. And, thus, Polly’s pain and desperation was palpable. It hurt. sad0133 Free Sad Emoticons

Piper Parabo played Polly with gusto. She exuded her spunk: it was impossible to disbelieve that this girl had guts and determination. But I sometimes wondered if she played teenage exuberance or exuberantly played a teenager; there were times where I only saw a performance. indifferent0004 Free Emoticons   Indifferent

Mischa Barton, however, is particularly good here. She gave us a timid, awkward girl that is so completely credible that I couldn’t see the actor; she inhabited Mouse. I don’t know anything about the actress, aside from the unflattering stuff I’ve read in online rags, so I was incredibly surprised by her depth and skill. happy0024 Free Emoticons   Happy

Jessica Paré was definitely the weak point of the three leads. She was still relatively new on the scene, so maybe it’s natural. I mean, she was alright here, but she was so utterly lost in Barton’s shadow (whereas Parabo’s verve helped her step out of the shadows).

Overall, it’s a nice production and its sole location, a boarding school, is pleasant enough. The staging seemed artificial at times, slightly on the theatrical side, but it didn’t deter from the experience much – it simply gave select scenes an unusual quality.

After watching this, I wondered for a little bit why it is that I still relate with the teenagers or kids in films, why I can still watch these movies and enjoy them wholly (albeit probably not in the same way I would if I were still in my youth), even it’s for the first time – not out of nostalgia.

Is it because a part of me is stunted and still resides in an emotional life I should have outgrown many years ago? indifferent0004 Free Emoticons   Indifferent

But then it occurred to me that the teen/kids films I connect with are usually well-written, well-acted, and frequently have a resonance not found in lesser ones. So, in truth, it’s really only because they’re quality films; there are plenty of terrible ones I don’t connect with (much as it is with films geared towards adults).

I think that ‘Lost and Delirious’ crosses that line between the two worlds slightly. It’s a coming-of-age story and I have no doubt that many would relate to that pivotal moment in one’s life when we choose to go down one road as adults instead another – and then everything changes forever.

I certainly did, even though I never experienced exactly what these characters do. This makes ‘Lost and Delirious’ a memorable experience for me. happy0021 Free Emoticons   Happy

I would not hesitate to recommend it to mature audiences (there is, after all, some sexual content in this one); at worst, someone might find it good, but not great. At best, it will connect with and move the viewer. happy0027 Free Emoticons   Happy

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