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474 Ratings

High Art

Directed by Lisa Cholodenko
United States, 1998
Drama, LGBTQ+, Romance


A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.

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High Art Directed by Lisa Cholodenko

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1998 | Directors' Fortnight

Sundance Film Festival

1998 | Winner: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award (Dramatic Competition)


Independent Spirit Awards

1999 | Winner: Best Female Lead

1999 | 4 nominations including: Best First Feature

Critics reviews

The film can sometimes buckle under the weight of strenuous referencing. But it breaks free in its final minutes: In the highly ambiguous ending, the fate of a main character, however grim, doesn’t signal a return to a more benighted era, when most queer characters in film were punished by death. Instead, the closing scene leaves viewers with more questions than answers — an especially queer strategy.
October 05, 2016
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