Loving Highsmith

Directed by: Eva Vitija
Runtime: 1h 24min Certificate: 12A Year: 2022
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Directed by: Eva Vitija
Runtime: 1h 24min Certificate: 12A Year: 2022
Topics: Arts & Culture, History & Archive

A unique look at the life of celebrated American author Patricia Highsmith based on her diaries and notebooks, and the intimate reflections of her lovers, friends and family.

Focusing on Highsmith’s quest for love and her troubled identity, Loving Highsmith gives voice to her personal writings, interweaving rich archive material and drawing on some of the most famous film adaptations of her novels: Strangers on a Train, adapted by hitchcock in 1951, The Talented Mr. Ripley and her semi-autobiographical novel The Price of Salt, republished decades later as Carol.

Though The Price of Salt was groundbreaking, described as the first lesbian novel with a happy ending, Highsmith herself was forced to lead a double life and had to hide her vibrant love affairs from her family and the public. Only in her unpublished writings she reflected on the ever-present subject for her. With these notebooks as her guide, director Eva Vitija sheds new light on Highsmith’s life and writing, creating a vivid, touching portrait of one of the most fascinating female writers.

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