High Life (2005)

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Half art film and half teen comedy, HIGH LIFE is a slice of life with a punk sensibility. An improvisational and character driven film developed during three months of rehearsal, HIGH LIFE ... See full summary »


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31 October 2005 | roland-104
5
| Dull day in the life of 20-something slackers in Brooklyn. Yawn
A group of 20-something slackers squander a Saturday (or is it Sunday?) hanging out at the Brooklyn digs of one couple. The woman of the house, Melissa (Priscilla Holbrook), is middle class, works hard and sees in her boyfriend Sy (Michael Wiener) a potentially outstanding artist. She's uncomfortable and uptight around Sy's kid brother Satchell (Sam Marks) and their do-nothing, pot smoking, beer guzzling friends.

But Sy is not all that Melissa wishes he were. He's a shy fellow who fears success and also is perhaps too lazy to work at his art. He's got a gallery show in two weeks, arranged by Melissa, and conceals from her the fact that he hasn't even yet begun to prepare any paintings. When she discovers this, Melissa even notes that Sy hasn't stretched a blank canvas properly.

Sam Marks is the most engaging actor here: his Satchell is an obnoxious yet coarsely charming young man. Wiener is unremarkable. Ms. Holbrook is wooden, but maybe that's OK, given her role as a misfit among these people. The five other friends are so convincing as doofuses that one can't be sure if this is good acting or bad, but it hardly matters. My rating: 5/10 (C). (Film seen on 10/02/05 at the Idaho International Film Festival). If you'd like to read more of my reviews, send me a message for directions to my websites.

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