Laurel Canyon (2002)

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When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother's house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up.

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  • Frances McDormand in Laurel Canyon (2002)
  • Lisa Cholodenko directs.
  • Kate Beckinsale in Laurel Canyon (2002)
  • Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale in Laurel Canyon (2002)
  • Frances McDormand and Alessandro Nivola in Laurel Canyon (2002)
  • Christian Bale at an event for Laurel Canyon (2002)

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20 April 2003 | jsmith-30
A visual feast of directorial artwork.
Every scene in this film counts. The color and the mise en scene constitute worthy, discrete works of art. In addition, the director choicely edited her beautiful scenes to make a seamless, flowing work that is even greater than the sum of her "delicious" scenes. This film must be viewed in the theater. It is visually one of the most sumptuous films I have ever experienced.

While there are character issues that deserve discussion, this is not a coldly intellectual film. To the contrary, it is a warm, emotional picture. There appears to be a Kenneth Lonergan influence regarding the rhythm and character development in the relations of the scenes to one another, and French influences regarding the eternal now-ness represented in each discrete scene.

I would not recommend this film for persons who enjoy mainstream cinema.

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