(Jena Malone, Chloe Sevigny, Leelee Sobieski, et al / DVD / NR / 2009 / Virgil Films and Entertainment)
Overview: When a long weekend brings four women together in the countryside, each of them is forced to navigate the depths of social interaction as virtual strangers. How well do we really know the friends we make in adulthood? And in an age of lies, what can be made of the person who tells untruths so small they serve no obvious purpose?
DVD Verdict: 'Lying' is a mystery film, but not a normal, run of the mill mystery film, but one of the rarest kind. The type that explores the unsolvable mysteries of human behavior, relationships and interactions.
The clues are all in the gestures, the tone of voice, the phrasings, in eyes and on the faces of these four women, and it is exciting to watch because of strong and etherial performances from Jena Malone, Chloe Sevigny, Halley Wegryn Gross, Maya Goldsmith and Leelee Sobieski. Not to mention beautiful, hazy cinematography that is imperfect, yes, but rich with texture and a fitting rawness.
Lying is of course, the central theme. The different ways that people lie to each other, particularly in adulthood, that makes us question how well we really know our friends and acquaintances around us. But while 'Lying' does provoke you to contemplate why people lie, it's focus is on HOW people lie.
Blash's film does not try to force a moral stance or a definitive statement about lying down your throat. It's up to you to figure out the "why", and decide what levels of falsehood you are willing to live with and what has gone too far.
The search for the singing voice is an amazing scene. It is the centerpiece of LYING, by far the most memorable sequence, and so powerful when we see Sevigny's character sitting back and marveling over the hysterics her lies have created. [MJ] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Famed filmmaker Todd Haynes’ interview with 'Lying' director M. Blash
Audio Commentary with Jena Malone, Chloë Sevigny, M. Blash, and producer David Guy Levy.