Particles of Truth

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Lilli (Jennifer Elster, who also wrote and directed the film) is unhappy. She's a struggling artist, living in New York City and cynical about everything, including her own talent. Her father (Alan Samulski) is dying, and Lilli barely acknowledges his existence, while her mother (Susan Floyd), clearly divorced from reality, pretends that her husband left town years ago. The trauma of being raised by two junkies and of her parents' eventual breakup still affects all of Lilli's relationships and her view of herself. She's got a group show opening at a major gallery, but she doesn't even know if she wants to attend. One day she meets Morrison (Gale Harold of Showtime's Queer as Folk), an obsessive-compulsive poet who lives in relative luxury but is too afraid of germs to get out of his car when he first tries to talk to Lilli. While he's better off financially, Morrison has his own family problems, as his father (Larry Pine) and mother (Leslie Lyles) are keeping crucial secrets from each other. While they're attracted to each other almost instantly, Lilli and Morrison have a tremendous struggle ahead of them to forge any kind of moderately healthy relationship. Particles of Truth had its world premiere at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Particles of Truth

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  • While the film demonstrates some potential on the part of its filmmaker, especially in the acting department, it ultimately lacks the singularity to make it stand out among the glut of similarly themed entries.

    Nov 4, 2004
  • This pretentiously titled, zero-budget N.Y. indie airily pulls off what Hollywood mightily strives for -- a believable romantic comedy.

    Sep 21, 2004 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
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  • One of those painfully earnest -- and pretentious -- little indies in which a pair of emotional cripples neatly resolve all of their problems within 48 hours of meeting each other.

    Sep 17, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Transcends its own considerable self-indulgence with sweet, believably tormented performances.

    Sep 14, 2004 | Full Review…
  • A complicated drama that explores the efforts of two oddballs to escape the limitations of their birth families and forge distinctive lives of their own.

    Sep 18, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • Particles of Truth is a low-budget indie that first seems scattered and off-putting but in time reveals its writer-director's considerable ability and artistic sense.

    Sep 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Particles of Truth

  • Jan 16, 2007
    Flawed characters are portrayed with a sense of realism. Brilliantly acted! The movie had a very authentic feel. Yet, still, there was an artistic flare about it. I absolutely loved this film from start to end.
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