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Lost and Delirious

Lost and Delirious

A boarding school is the setting for the welted, but uneven Lost and Delirious, which is taken from Susan Swan's novel and does exude a liberal, free spirited feeling which doesn't ultimately benefit the first English language feature from talented French-Canadian director Lea Pool.

The frolicking of teenage students may be surprising considering the setting as Piper Perabo and Jessica Pare are the attractive actresses who will please those who find their Sapphic bond revealing.  With a school principal who probably shares their sexual orientation, the relationship of these teenagers wouldn't seem disruptive to the school.

Swan's text is pared down to work against Pool's film making skills that she has manifested in engaging works like Set Me Free and Lost and Delirious undermine a production that highlights the stars and their milieu.

The script by Judith Thomas lets another character, Mouse (Mischa Barton), narrate the tale as the meek blonde teen is mourning the passing of her mother as she arrives at the school.

Mouse is the designated roommate of Perabo's Paulie who has big lips and appears to be wound-up.  Pare is Tory who is seen to be nervous and strident, not feeling secure about her parents with whom she isn't close.

Before long, Mouse gets more than a glimpse of the activity of Paulie and Tory and she thinks initially that it might be rehearsal for boys.  Inevitably, Tory's younger sister and other girls in their circle catch them off guard.  Tory, as a result, decides to stop things.  Paulie becomes extremely emotional after witnessing her former lover out to show her true self with a new boyfriend, Luke Kirby's Jake, in an uninhibited outdoor moment.  What Paulie does to retaliate to her pain is nurse an injured falcon to health and challenge Jake in a fencing duel to get Troy back.

As it gets into recitation of the Bard, Perabo maintains a passionate level that stays ahead of the mushiness and shows the potential hinted at in last year's Coyote Ugly as a struggling singer/songwriter who finds her way as a flashy barmaid.

Pare, a model turned actress doesn't appeal as much as in Stardom, because Tory has too much of a facade which wavers in the matter of the essence of her true emotions.

Lost and Delirious is too subordinate to what Perabo and Pare put into it; they often are luminously depicted thanks to lenser Pierre Gill who works a poetic punch into the look and act of two lovers.  Even within the serviceable montages there is an arrogance and innocence that takes hold before a sad pretentiousness takes over these wounded girls who may have found love.  But, Pool can't keep their presence alive in her fairly explicit, but wandering artifice.

Lost and Delirious

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