(2001)3.5Jason ClarkLea Pool's first English-language feature bears the mark of many Canadian features before it in its strange, at times haunting, examination of unrequited love. The film falters when it gets too earnest about both its characters and its metaphors, but as pungently scripted by Judith Thompson and helmed with clarity by director Pool, it genuinely feels unlike any other film recently made about teenage girls, never bringing its story down to the level of many sophomoric American comedies. Piper Perabo, miles away from her leading performance in Coyote Ugly, gives a striking portrayal of a scorned teenager, and her delirium reaches a perversely fascinating peak in her later scenes when her character's mental instability threatens to spiral out of control. The film shares the moody virtuosity of Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, another movie that never sugarcoated its acidic tale of "lost girls" (a phrase utilized here as well), but however one looks at it, Lost and Delirious is unlike almost any movie out there, and that alone makes it distinctive and memorable. The feature premiered to enthusiastic response at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.