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The second I saw the poster I knew I was seeing this film.  I think of the 1990s as the golden age of indie cinema, underrated and perhaps in need of revisiting.  Many geeks overrate the 1970s, chock full of nostalgia.  But most 70’s films don’t hold up at all, unless you’re into bell bottoms and corporate funk.

High Art is one of the first serious lesbian dramas to get some distribution in theaters.  It’s a fascinating character centered story about some New York artists and publishers, and I just couldn’t look away.  Ally Sheedy returns as an aging, retired photographer who is now addicted to heroin and floundering away.  The younger Radha Mitchell discovers her living in her building, and tries to convince Sheedy to come and take photographs for the magazine she works for.

As Syd (Mitchell) is drawn into Lucy’s world (Sheedy), her own life is set in relief.  Living a boring lower level TV yuppie life with her boyfriend seems cold and un-engaging compared to the twisted life that Lucy has lived.

The two are thrust together to work on a series of photos for the next issue.  Of course Syd is eventually seduced, leading to the film’s climax, a series of provocative photographs of the two in bed, photos never meant to released.