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|Directed by||Jerry Ciccoritti|
|Produced by||Leslie Hope|
|Written by||Jeff Kober|
|Music by||Robert Carli|
|Edited by||George Roulston|
|Distributed by||Mongrel Media|
Lie Exposed is a Canadian drama film, directed by Jerry Ciccoritti and released in 2019. An adaptation of Jeff Kober's theatrical play Pornography, the film stars Leslie Hope as Melanie, a woman who responds to a cancer diagnosis by abandoning her husband Frank (Bruce Greenwood) to go to California and pose nude for a tintype photographer (Kober), before returning home to Toronto when the photographs are slated to be exhibited in a gallery show.
The film premiered in November 2019 at the Windsor International Film Festival.
Chris Knight of Postmedia panned the film, writing that "Every so often there comes along a Canadian film to remind us of the stereotypical CanCon of old. You know, the kind of loosely plotted stories where couples stand in dark rooms and talk darkly and obliquely, and drink darkly, and glance obliquely at one another, until 90 minutes pass and the whole exercise comes to an end with no one in the film any wiser, and no one in the audience any more entertained."
For The Globe and Mail, Barry Hertz wrote that the film "is dull and repetitive and may induce embarrassing memories of catching furtive glimpses of various soft-core movies on Citytv from back in the mid-1990s, but at least Melanie and Frank's story contains a drip of sincerity to it." He concluded that the viewer's time would be much better spent typing the word "pornography" into Google to see what turns up. Janet Smith of The Georgia Straight wrote that the film "feels behind on 21st-century art theory, on ideas about the male gaze, and who holds the power," and concluded that the film "is ambitious, but it’s never quite as shocking, raw, or life-changing as it wants to be. The overall impression, to steal from Lana Del Rey, is beautiful people with beautiful problems."
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- Barry Hertz, "Canadian sex and misery drama Lie Exposed is pornography for dummies". The Globe and Mail, March 3, 2020.
- Chris Knight, "Lie Exposed: They don't make 'em like this any more — and that's a good thing". Ottawa Citizen, March 5, 2020.
- Janet Smith, "Lie Exposed has some very tired ideas about the vagina". The Georgia Straight, March 4, 2020.
- "Écrans canadiens : Song of Names, The Twentieth Century et Antigone en tête des nominations". Ici Radio-Canada, February 18, 2020.