Directed by Lisa Cholodenko • 1998 • United States
Starring Radha Mitchell, Gabriel Mann, Ally Sheedy
Lisa Cholodenko’s acclaimed feature debut is a smart and sexy tale of ambition, sacrifice, and seduction set in the art world of 1990s New York City. Syd (Radha Mitchell), a careerist young editor for a photography magazine, has a chance encounter one night with her enigmatic neighbor Lucy (a mesmerizing Ally Sheedy, whose character was based loosely on Nan Goldin), a brilliant photographer lost in an underworld of sex and drugs. As the two begin a passionate love affair, a complex struggle ensues—will Lucy be saved, or will Syd be destroyed?