7.0 High Art (1998)
7.0 The Kids are All Right
7.0 Olive Kitteridge
7.0 Laurel Canyon
High Art (1998) is a melodrama about a lesbian romance. It includes many lush and sensual scenes, presented through atmospheric cinematography, to the point that these scenes seem to be the real purpose of the film. The story is mostly a pretext for feminist propaganda It offers (perhaps involuntarily) a subtle description of bored (and boring) lives.
Syd finds Lucy a job at the magazine. In the meantime, the innocent Syd has been completely corrupted by the crowd upstairs: she spends the evening sniffing cocaine with them. As she lies down next to Lucy, Lucy kisses her. Their kiss is interrupted by the discovery that Greta is lying unconscious in the tub (all dressed).
Syd has an argument with James, as she tells him how empty his life is. James, disgusted, moves out. Lucy and Syd go for a ride and romance in the car. Then they continue to make out home, Lucy teaching and reassuring Syd. Lucy also takes a few sensual pictures of Syd.
Dominique would like to cancel the deal with Lucy, and Syd has to use the "indiscreet" pictures of herself (that clearly betray their intimacy) to convince Dominique to go ahead with Lucy's piece.
While a bunch of males are partying with drugs in their living room, Greta and Lucy had their confrontation. Greta claims that she gave up a career in cinema for Lucy, but Lucy replies that she never had any career at all. Greta is a pathetic Sunset Boulevard-ian actress. However, Greta is still controlling Lucy through the drugs.
The following day, as Syd is leaving her office, she finds Arnie waiting for her downstairs: Lucy just died (presumably of an overdose).
Days later, Syd is flipping through the pages of the magazine and staring at the pictures taken by Lucy. Dominique is satisfied of her work: Lucy's work has given her an opportunity to advance in her career.