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LOST AND DELIRIOUS
USA: Lions Gate Films
Cast: Piper Perabo, Jessica Pare, Mischa Barton, Jackie Burroughs, Graham Greene, Mimi Kuzyk, Luke Kirby Grace Kung, Emily VanCamp
Director: Lea Pool
USA: 100 mins
USA Release Date: 20 July 2001 (Wider Release)
USA Release Date: 6 July 2001 (Limited Release - Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco)
A hauntingly evoked tale of three adolescent girls' first loves, discovery of sexual passion, and search for identity, LOST AND DELIRIOUS is the first work filmed in English by acclaimed Quebeçois director Lea Pool (EMPORTE-MOI). From a brilliant adaptation of Susan Swan's novel, The Wives of Bath, by Toronto screenwriter Judith Thompson, the film features a knockout cast with Piper Perabo (COYOTE UGLY) as Paula, Jessica Pare (STARDOM) as Tori, and Misha Barton (THE SIXTH SENSE) as Mary or more usually 'Mouse'.
Set in a posh, private boarding school surrounded by luxuriant, green forest, LOST AND DELIRIOUS moves swiftly from academic routine, homesickness, and girlish silliness to the darker regions of lovers' intrigue: Paula and Tori are discovered; Mouse becomes their confessor and accomplice and the unstoppable emotions of adolescence collide with the immovable conventions of society as she is torn between loyalty to her two friends. In LOST AND DELIRIOUS, the theatricality of overwrought teenage emotion finds its counterpart in the artful use of Shakespearean drama, from poetic declaration of love, loss, and defiance, to symbols of falconry and fencing. This Gothic tale of love's blooming, its innocent ecstasy, and ultimate obsessions is a tour de force.