The Man from Elysian Fields

Synopsis: Byron Tiller, happily married with a young child, is a writer whose last novel has ended up in the remainder bins. Down on his luck and struggling to make ends meet, he keeps bashing away, refusing to admit that perhaps he is not that good. One day, at wit's end and feeling sorry for himself, he meets someone who has actually read his book: a rather elegant looking Englishman who introduces himself as Luther Fox. Luther runs an escort agency Elysian Fields, which provides extremely wealthy women with attractive, intelligent dates. Desperate for any job- and Luther guarantees good pay and convinces him that it can be only temporary -Byron reluctantly agrees, keeping the whole thing hidden from his wife. He soon finds himself face-to-face with an extremely attractive woman, whose aging husband is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist grappling with a novel that may be his last. Before long, Byron finds himself immersed in a world that he finds almost impossible to believe and even harder to
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): George Hickenlooper
Production: Fireworks Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
57
Rotten Tomatoes:
51%
R
Year:
2001
106 min
$1,288,188
Website
19 Views


But there seemed to be more than

enough credit to go around.

And that's what got my attention.

Tucked neatly between the Hollywood

porn shops, novelty shops...

and Scientology shops...

crammed in amongst the recording

studios whose heyday had long past...

the unproduced screenwriters

whose deals had long lapsed...

the bad actors teaching methods

on emoting to other bad actors...

who dream of one day

passing an audition...

sat Byron Tiller, who until recently

believed writing novels...

no one wanted to read

was a real job.

Sell, baby, sell.

Goals have a way of becoming less

high-minded when you need money.

-Priority.

-Yes, sir.

Thank you.

The type of man perfect

for Elysian Fields.

-Come in.

-Thanks.

I sent it to you because

Little Brown published the last one.

So I figured:
why break up

a winning combination?

-Biscotti?

-No, I'm okay, thanks.

Well, I'm sure it could use

a trim here and there...

...but that's why you're the editor.

-All I can say is that...

Excalibur must be great. Everyone

wanna kill each other just to get it.

It's the sword that King Arthur

himself pulled out of the rock.

-I know the back story.

-0f course.

It just seems a little out of place

in a novel about migrant workers.

Well, Excalibur

represents a symbol.

-A symbol?

-It represents to me...

the downtrodden's

hopes and dreams for the future.

And the migrant workers

are simply a microcosm.

Aren't they always?

See...

...that's where we have a problem.

-What is that?

Tell you a little secret

about microcosms.

-People hate them.

-I wasn't aware.

Think about it.

Who'd sit on a bus...

to read a book saying

you're part of a microcosm?

Already knows it.

He looks around and he knows.

Symbolism's worse. Poor bastard picks

up a book, he wants it spelled out.

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