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Year: 2002
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Columbia Tristar Films (UK)
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, J D Walsh, Kathy Bates, Jimmy Raskin, Jack Kehler, Sarah Koskoff, Stephen Tobolowsky, Shannon Holt , Erika Alexander, Pauline Boyd, Kevin Breznahan, Cullen Douglas, Wayne Duvall, Teagan Eley, Chris Ellis, Daniel Farber, Kelli Garner, Morgan Grace Jarrett, Jennifer Kaddy, Dan Klass, Julia LaShae, David Lenthall, Terry Loughlin, Ann Morgan, Joanne Pankow, Ernest Perry Jr, F X Vitolo, Jim Wise
Director: Todd Louiso
Countries: USA / France / Germany
USA: 90 mins
UK: 89 mins
USA Rated: R for drug use, language and brief nudity
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and substance abuse
USA Release Date: 30 December 2002 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 31 January 2003


Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, LOVE LIZA features a tour de force performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of today's most original actors.

Set somewhere in Middle America, Wilson Joel (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a successful website designer, suddenly sees his world stop with the untimely death of his young wife Liza. Trying to make sense of everything that has just happened, Wilson turns to his mother-in-law (Kathy Bates) for support. Their relationship intensifies when Wilson refuses to open a letter Liza left behind for fear it will shatter his ideal of the perfect life they shared.

As Wilson attempts to rebuild his life, with unopened letter in tow, eccentric behaviour begins to surface taking him on an odyssey of self-pity, self-realization and a curious fascination with remote -control model enthusiasts. Through this temporary comfort, he begins dealing with his grief.

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