Personal Pain (1995)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Life? Love? Sex? Art? These questions are explored in this semi-autobiographical drama by debut filmmaker Evan Unruh. There are four primary protagonists in the film. Trish, a man-hater; Max who longs for a middle-class family life, Lisa who wants to change, and Jake a frustrated poet who longs to write the perfect sentence. The film is storied as a therapy session focusing on each pair. Title cards present the questions they seek to answer in their conversations. The film's primary focus is upon the relationship between Lisa and Jake who is too buy being an artist to pay much attention to Lisa who gets even by refusing to sleep with him. This causes Jake to have worse writer's block than before. Max, a painter, would gladly give up art for love. He tried with Trish, but he was rejected. She is busy bashing men in her comedy routines.

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artist, creative-block, filmmaker, group-therapy, misogyny, poet, sex, slice-of-life