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Phantom Love

  • USA / 2007 / 87min / B&W
  • Original Title : Phantom Love
  • Language : English
  • Genre : Drama
  • Director : Nina Menkes
  • Cast : Allison Bell, Helen Bubenechik, Michael Joseph Carr


A surreal drama about a woman trapped in an enmeshed family and her slow process of personal liberation, Phantom Love incorporates fairy-tale elements into brutal black-and-white photography to create a powerful document about one woman's descent into self. Lulu spends most of her life working in a casino in Los Angeles's Koreatown. Her much younger lover, with whom she feels no emotional connection, and her sister Nitzan, who is on meds and in the middle of a breakdown, share the rest of her time. Lulu's visiting mother offers unwanted help, but she only complicates things.

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