|Starring:||Maria Thayer, Deborah Rose, Conan O'Brien, Robert Wisdom, Angela Goethals, Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Jun 2002|
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Original and bizarreBy a customer from Llanbedr Pont Steffan , 21 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]As with Happiness, this is a strange and disturbing film. Dialogue is sparse and inane;there are whole scenes of dysfunctional social interactions where nothing is said. The film is split into 2 parts, each of which is like a short story. The first part, Fiction, has no real beginning, middle or end. It revolves around a single event with no explanations or insight into the characters. The second part ranges from the inconsequential to the positively dysfunctional with a chilling twist to the tale.
A film with no questions and no answers, it is unclear whether this is a cleverly crafted piece of social satire or the ramblings of a bored director whose rent was due.
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Compelling Story TellingBy ElTerceroHombre (4 reviews) , 26 Aug 2011This is a very clever film which one will only fully appreciate if you reflect on it a day or so later (just like all good films). A typical Solondz-style black comedy with a conscience, we see two unrelated stories following a similar theme. One is called 'Fiction' and the other is called 'Non-Fiction'; and, when you take a step back, they may be the opposite of what the title suggests. Did the student really experience what she wrote about? Does the documentary film really reflect the family Toby was trying to portray? Who knows. But it's nice to reflect...
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rather dull and uninspiringBy a customer from Bury St Edmunds , 27 Jun 2010first of all I was uncomfortable, then I was bored and then I was uncomfortable and bored... I usually like this 'sort of film' but found it rather pretentious.
Storytelling (2001)By Teebs (160 reviews) from Rochester , 14 Jul 2009A slight case of diminishing returns for Solondz's third film, this takes his usual provocative take on white suburbia but with a slightly weak structure of two unbalanced short films. In one a college literary graduate (Blair) acts out a sexual fantasy with an intimidating, black professor and suffers the emotional consequence of cheating on her boyfriend (who of course has cerebral palsy just to be, you know, provocative). The second is more interesting, if a bit cluttered, with a loser documentary filmmaker (Giamatti, who else) chronicling the events in a white Jewish family as their apathetic teenage son refuses to go to college, his wannabee jock brother has a footballing accident and the youngest son uses emotional cruelty to get their maid fired and into his parents favour. Solondz balances valid accusations of misanthropy, misogyny and racism with a detached, caricatured style and so calculated are his provocations that it is hard to take them seriously enough to be offended.
Another Solondz classicBy danieljparsons (118 reviews) from Ashford , 01 May 2009Another blacker-than-black comedy from Todd Solondz, with a shocking ending that is both genuinely sad and horribly funny at the same time. It's this balance that Solondz excelled at in Happiness, and though this is neither quite as excessive or successful as that film, Storytelling still deftly juggles a group of mostly unlikeable characters but finds pathos in their various downfalls. The fiction section, much shorter than the non-fiction part, is arguably more successful in separating lies and truth and features an excellent performance from Selma Blair. Unique filmmaking, as always.
okBy a customer from Malvern , 19 Mar 2009thought this film was ok. didn't rave about it but wasn't appalled by it either. it addressed some interesting and difficult issues.