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Atom Egoyan's WHERE THE TRUTH LIES (2005)

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 6:11 am
by arsaib4
At first glance, Atom Egoyans latest effort, Where the Truth Lies, might seem like an anomaly for him well-known actors, high production values, noirish overtones but if studied closely, it features many of the filmmakers trademark themes: intimacy, identity, effects of media, loss of innocence, etc. The film begins in the early 1970s with Karen OConnor (a miscast Alison Lohman), a young, ambitious journalist whos investigating the truth behind the breakup of high-profile comedy duo Vince Collins (Colin Firth) and Lanny Morris (a superb Kevin Bacon) clearly modeled after Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis which occured two decades earlier. Her goal is not only to write a book, but to also satisfy a personal quest. The duo's fallout transpired after the body of a beautiful blonde was found in a bathtub of their hotel suite, even though they werent criminally charged. What follows is a whirlwind of narrative events from multiple point-of-views (an Egoyan specialty) featuring Scorsesian set-pieces and a Lynchian ambiance. All along, however, the filmmaker expertly mines the duality of his characters and the cultural milieu they live in. Still, if one wasnt sure about the terrain, then they wouldnt be lost after Egoyan turns up the volume on Jefferson Airplanes "White Rabbit" as a girl donning an "Alice in Wonderland" costume mysteriously appears from behind the curtain (echoes of Mia Kirshner gyrating to Leonard Cohens "Everybody Knows" in Exotica [1994]). (This also turns out to be the most blissfully perverse sequence in the film after the girl's face eventually pops up from underneath another "Alice"; although, Egoyan couldve spared us from the vaginal fluids that came with it.) Where the Truth Lies is based on a Rupert Holmes novel of the name same, reportedly a work which is quite luridly fun. However, Egoyan, who wrote the screenplay himself, tries to maintain some moral and emotional groundwork during the later stages, but fails to do so in this case. Thats also the primary reason why the film ultimately feels less than the sum of its parts. But after his two previous over-directed efforts, Felicia's Journey (1999) and Ararat (2002), Where the Truth Lies is a step forward for Egoyan.

Re: Atom Egoyan's WHERE THE TRUTH LIES (2005)

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 8:35 pm
by trevor826
Now I've got my initial comments for Battle in Heaven out the way I can carry on with finishing my comments for this.

(This also turns out to be the most blissfully perverse sequence in the film after the girl's face eventually pops up from underneath another "Alice"; although, Egoyan couldve spared us from the vaginal fluids that came with it.)

Agreed on the last bit, very messy!

Cheers Trev.

Re: Atom Egoyan's WHERE THE TRUTH LIES (2005)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:26 pm
by trevor826
Where the Truth Lies (2005)

Directed by Atom Egoyan

Starring Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman

A very apt title for a film that juggles fact and fiction, flits from past to present within the blink of an eye and gives the supposed truth from several different perspectives. A noirish thriller that is very much character driven with an excellent performance from Kevin Bacon as Lanny Morris, half of a comedic song and dance act who split up soon after the discovery of a body in the bath in their hotel suite.

Years later a young reporter (Alison Lohman) delves into the story to try and ascertain the truth of the body and the split. She has a million dollars on offer for Vince Collins, the straight guy of the double act to tell his side of the story (unbeknownst to her, Lanny is also writing a book covering the partnership). She finds herself involved in a sexual encounter with Lanny (purely by chance) and is then set up by Vince in a drug and alcohol fuelled lesbian encounter. Lies, deceit, half-truths and supposition abound in this twisted tale.

This is an adult film, not just because of the nudity and sex scenes, no this is an adult film in that theres no flash editing, or heavy cgi work instead we are treated to some good to great acting and an intriguing plot that unfortunately falters at the last hurdle proving a little less than satisfying.

Recommended viewing? Well if you like Whodunits or noir style thrillers with some very good performances then yes, definitely.

Cheers Trev.

Out of interest arsaib4, who would you have preferred cast as Karen O'Conner?

BBFC rated 18.

Re: Atom Egoyan's WHERE THE TRUTH LIES (2005)

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 8:07 am
by arsaib4
Thanks for the review.

I think Sarah Polley would've been perfect, as many have said. Not sure, however, if she would expose the way Lohman did. Watching her read her lines like she was in a high school play was cringeworthy to say the least.

Re: Atom Egoyan's WHERE THE TRUTH LIES (2005)

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:19 am
by trevor826
Watching her read her lines like she was in a high school play was cringeworthy to say the least.

Yes without a doubt, I felt she was acting like a Nicole Kidman wannabe.

II think Sarah Polley would've been perfect, as many have said. Not sure, however, if she would expose the way Lohman did

Interesting, I haven't seen Sarah Polley in many films but I certainly remember her performance from My Life Without Me.

Didn't they use a body double for Lohman at least during the "Alice" scene? I couldn't help thinking that as I was watching the film because of the way the shots were cut.

Cheers Trev

Re: Atom Egoyan's WHERE THE TRUTH LIES (2005)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 5:09 am
by arsaib4
Polley, who is Canadian, was in Egoyan's Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter, so that's another reason why her name was brought up. I think someone here loves that film you mentioned.

Didn't they use a body double for Lohman at least during the "Alice" scene? I couldn't help thinking that as I was watching the film because of the way the shots were cut.

Not sure, but thanks for ruining it.

Re: Atom Egoyan's WHERE THE TRUTH LIES (2005)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 8:18 am
by trevor826
i've seen exotica a few times in fact I have the dvd on my Xmas wish list, how the f%#k did I miss that one?

Sorry for saying anything about the "Alice" scene, but as a positive I've looked on a few cast lists and can't find any info on a body double being used.

Cheers Trev