Lie With Me

Clement Virgo
Canada, 2005, 93 minutes

Roxie Cinema 2/03, 930p Buy

"Co-written by Virgo and Tamara Faith Berger, whose writing frequently foregrounds female sexuality, Lie With Me honors Leila's desire: her needs are addressed frankly, without judgment, and her yearnings are mirrored in the film's languorous tone. Directed with lyrical assurance, Lie With Me demonstrates why Virgo has long been considered one of Canada's most daring and original talents."
– Toronto International Film Festival

Leila (Lauren Lee Smith) is a sexually voracious young woman who connects with men through brief physical encounters. One night at a crowded house party, Leila meets David (Eric Balfour) and its lust at first sight. Later, as she has casual sex with a stranger just behind the house, David and his girlfriend mirror her actions in their car. Leila and David's eyes lock as they watch each other having sex with others, a courtship ritual that initiates their own sexual affair.
Seduction is easy and very satisfying. Leila and David get to know each other – which means being intimate – in bed, at the park, on the roof, everywhere. For them, and for other members of their generation, sex is a form of communication. But Leila starts to realize that her attachment to David is different from anything she's experienced before, and David is just as serious about her. For the first time, they experience needs and desires that go beyond the physical. It is an emotional connection they crave. They set out to find a way to build lust and love, spontaneity and substance, into a new life together.

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