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L.I.E. (2001)

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Release Date
 USA: Sep 28, 2001
 UK: 29 Nov 2002
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 4, 2002

Official Website:
L.I.E. Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong sexual content involving teens, language and brief violence. (video version)

Running Time
1 hour, 37 minutes

Country USA

Studio Alter Ego, Belladonna Productions

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Other Titles
• Long Island Expressway (2001)

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Genre: Drama, Coming Of Age, Gay/Lesbian, Teenage, Murder, Disturbing

Tagline: On the Long Island Expressway there are lanes going east, lanes going west, and lanes going straight to hell.

Plot: The Long Island Expressway, the highway that traverses suburban Long Island with its "lanes moving east, lanes moving west, and lanes that go straight to hell" serves as the central metaphor in this disturbing meditation on coming of age and teenage vulnerability. Howie Blitzer (Paul Franklin Dano) is a sensitive fifteen-year-old who runs with a rough crowd. The recent death of his mother (in a car accident on exit 52 of the L.I.E.) and his father's indifference to it, have left him floating in a world bubbling over with sex, violence, and danger. When his best friend Gary convinces Howie to burglarize the house of their neighbor, 60-year-old Big John (Brian Cox), the tenuous balance of their teenage existence is entirely thrown off. To make matters even worse, Howie's father is arrested over a bad business deal. Howie is left dangling, and only Big John seems to care. A harrowing mixture of tenderness and perversion electrifies the father-son relationship that forms between Howie and Big John. Director Michael Cuesta's touching vision of domestic life in modern-day suburbia is at once humorous and unnerving as it boldly charts one boy's convoluded path through adolescence.

This film screened as part of the 2001 New Directors/New Films series organized by the Film Society of

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 Directed by
Michael Cuesta
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 Written by
Michael Cuesta
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Brian Cox
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Paul Dano
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