May 07, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Lilies

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Jason Cadieux, Marcel Sabourin, Aubert Pallascio
director
John Greyson
genre
Drama
We gave it a C

Director John Greyson creates some mesmerizing imagery in this adaptation of Canadian Michel Marc Bouchard’s play Lilies. Unfortunately, the story of a visiting bishop (Sabourin) trapped in the chapel of a Quebec prison by inmates gets muddled with flashbacks to an episode of unrequited love from the clergyman’s youth that surely worked better on stage as a play within a play. On film we wind up with a series of distractingly stylized scenes, more arty than artful. C

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