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LAist at Sundance: The Home Stretch

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Photo courtesy of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival

As one of my favorite bloggers Jeffrey Wells recently wrote, "The Sundance Film Festival is a 10-day event, but it's always over as of Wednesday morning...the voltage turns down, there are fewer people on Main Street, all the presumably hot titles (i.e., name casts, advance-hyped) have been screened." Park City actually becomes a manageable town again and tickets that were impossible to get a few days ago can usually be had for less than face value. With that in mind, I decided to blow off the morning's press screenings and head out with a group of friends to see a film I'd been closed out of earlier, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Based on (somewhat loosely from what I've read) Michael Chabon's novel of the same title, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh takes place during the pivotal summer of Art Bechstein's (Jon Foster) life. While spending the summer studying for his Series 7 exam, he takes a minimum-wage job at a crappy bookstore and quickly slips into a sexual affair with his horny supervisor, Phlox (wonderfully played by Mena Suvari). Soon, though, he meets the devilish Jane (Sienna Miller) and Cleveland (Peter Sarsgaard) and together the three of them spend a wild summer discovering the underbelly of Pittsburgh. It's a summer of love, betrayals, fights, laughter, friendship, death--imagine the most intense experience of your life and squeeze it into a tight, little ball.