Newly graduated psychiatrist Sam and his fiancee Alex move to Los Angeles for Sam’s residency, into Sam’s mother’s house in upscale Laurel Canyon. Only problem is, Sam’s mother is still there, supposedly finishing up a record that she’s producing for the band of her new boy toy, Ian. She seems more interested in smoking pot and drinking than actually working, though. Alex doesn’t mind, but Sam is quite upset. Alex starts off focused on her work (finishing a dissertation on genomics), but is soon distracted by the rock-’n-roll lifestyle going on around her. Meanwhile, Sam is equally distracted by beautiful Israeli intern Sara. —IMDb
A Los Angeles native who preferred European art cinema to Hollywood studio fare, writer-director Lisa Cholodenko made her mark on the independent film scene with her moody examination of sexuality, ambition, and heroin chic in High Art (1998).
Raised in the San Fernando Valley, Cholodenko had no thoughts of becoming a filmmaker when she headed to college at San Francisco State. She had changed her mind, however, by her mid-twenties. After working as an assistant editor on Boyz ‘N the Hood (1991) and Used People (1992), Cholodenko enrolled in Columbia University’s graduate film program in 1992. Mentored by Milos Forman, Cholodenko made two highly regarded short films, Souvenir and Dinner Party. After earning her M.F.A., Cholodenko served as an assistant editor on Gus Van Sant’s To Die For (1995) while working on the screenplay for her first feature, High Art.
Taking off from Cholodenko’s firsthand observations of the 1990s New York art world and her interest in such photographers… read more
When everyone is a psycho, where's normality? that's the main theme of Laurel Canyon. To a British, an American is "special" to say the least and to a pop musician, students preparing their thesis may seem a little bit out of step. Now, I must say that the development of this idea didn't fascinate me as much as it was intended for the simple reason that I was mesmerized by Natascha McElhone. But that's another story. Already forgotten.
A good drama about different persons tied by relations in love but are not free of her desires and attractions to others. In fact what goes even better here is that they all have different views of the way of living. But passions arrive when they are struggling to resist... everyone in different levels. Great realization and very good cast and performances. Love this!