Splendor

Splendor

Movie: Splendor
Director: Gregg Araki
Produced by: Desperate Pictures, Dragon Pictures, Newmarket Films, Summit Entertainment
Released By: MGM/United Artists
MPAA Rating: R

A struggling actress forges an unusual family unit with two separate boyfriends in this romantic comedy from indie auteur Gregg Araki. Veronica hasn’t had a decent date for a year, but one Halloween she meets not one but two perfect guys: Zed, a rock drummer who does her on the floor of a club bathroom after his show, and Abel, an affable rock critic and would-be novelist, who seems more interested in connecting with her soul than her private parts. Unable to lie to either guy about her attraction to both of them, Veronica soon convinces them to share her. Eventually, the unemployed Zed and the underemployed Abel even move in with her, resulting in kinky sex and domestic bliss. Trouble comes calling, however, in the form of an unplanned pregnancy — and in the person of Ernest, an aptly named TV director, who gives Veronica her big break and the chance to play house and raise her child in a monied, more normal environment. Its soundtrack filled with the director’s trademarked mixture of shoegazer drone and electronic bliss, Splendor premiered at Sundance in 1999. Araki’s first outing after the completion of his “Teen Apocalypse Trilogy,” the film reunited him with two actors who had appeared in that series: Schaech and Robertson. Both of those earlier characters participated in unorthodox romantic tableaux similar to the one documented in Splendor. Robertson, in fact, would return to the world of the ménage à trois with 2002’s XX/XY. Offscreen, the actress raised eyebrows after beginning a romance with her openly gay director.

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