High Art

Synopsis: Syd, who lives with her boyfriend James, goes to complain to her neighbor about the leak in the ceiling. Her neigbor is photographer Lucy Berliner and Syd starts to fall in love with her.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Lisa Cholodenko
Production: October Releasing
  7 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

[Man's Voice]

She and l... Oh, actually...

Hey, James.

Speak of the devil.

Hold on.


Yeah, I gotta go.

I know.

All right, I'll deal

with that tomorrow.


Okay. Bye.

Hey, Syd.

I'm making cocktails.

Onions or olives?


Sorry I'm late.

- We had a lot of submissions.

- You're still doing those?

I thought they were getting

a new intern.

They are.

They're being selective.

About an intern?


They're being selective about an intern

and you're still working on that?


I think their priorities

are really f***ed up, you know?

No one made me stay.

I know they didn't make you.

That's not what I meant.


You sound like you meant that.

No, I just...

If they made you an editor,

they shouldn't keep treating you

like an intern, that's all.

I think it's degrading.

Tsk. Assistant editor.


Assistant editor.

Come on, Syd.

I'm sticking up for you.

Why? I'm not being

bullied by anyone...

except you.


Good book?


it's really intense.

Hey, that's great

they promoted you.



Are you assisting

Dominique too?

No, I'm not really assisting anyone.

I'm the assistant editor.

Oh, that's great.

I guess that's why

they gave you an office.

Yeah. Did my faxes come through?

Oh, yeah.



How'd you get that job?

I mean, what did you

have to do to get it?

What did I have to do

to get my job?

No, I mean like...

what was your background,

what was your major?

Uh, critical theory.


that's a major?

Yeah, it's like cultural studies

or semiotics.

Philosophy, you know?

Foucault, Derrida, Kristava,


Oh, pretty cerebral, huh?

No, it's actually really interesting.

You'd probably really like it.

You think?

Yeah. What are you reading?

Dostoevsky. That is cerebral.

Yeah, well, I'm not sure

I'm really getting it.

Debbie, no calls,

we're in a meeting.

No problem.



Did you reconfirm Dieter?

I'm just on to that.

I have some errands

for you too.


[Phone Rings]

Proofs come back?

Uh, they should

be here by 3:

Are these Dieter's?

Yeah, they just came in.

That's brilliant.

I know.

The tone's great.

I got you your scone

and Earl Grey.

Oh, did you?

Thank you.

I'd to like to have all

the prints before his meeting.

Okay, I'll get on to that now.

Mmm. Thanks.


[Knocking On Door]


Excuse me?

There's a line forming out here.

I'll be right with you, lady.

[Toilet Flushes]


Oh God, I'm sorry.

No, sorry to hold you up.

No, really, I'm so sorry. L...

Did you finish?

Yeah. All done.

How've you been?

Good. Everything's great.

Good, good.


How are you?

Great. Great.

Got a MacArthur last week.

Oh, yeah.

That's a genius thing, right?

Ah, that's what they call it,

but you know,

I think it's really more

a good opportunity for a writer

to keep working.


It's free now.

I saw that native lady.

What's her name?

I always forget.

White Cloud?

White Hawk.

Yeah, her.


She got some genius award.

What is that, half a million?

Gonna eat?

They should give you

one of those awards.


You're a genius.

You're f***ing brilliant.

Thought you weren't gonna

bring that tonight.



I was talking to White Cloud.




She was chewing my ear off

about her award.

Was she?

Really. It was sickening,

the way she was going on about it.

Really. I can't stand that.

You know,

Fassbinder always told me,

the ugliest quality

in a woman is vanity.


It really is.

I don't care if she's disabled.

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Lisa Cholodenko

Lisa Cholodenko (born June 5, 1964) is an American screenwriter and director of film and television. She wrote and directed the films High Art (1998), Laurel Canyon (2002) and The Kids Are All Right (2010). For the latter film she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay in 2010. She has also directed numerous works for television, including the 2014 miniseries Olive Kitteridge for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film. more…

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