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HIGH FIDELITY

USA, 2000 (MIFF 2000, International Panorama)

Director: Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters) teams with John Cusack to bring Nick Hornsby's hysterical bestseller to the screen. Cusack is Rob, an eternal teenager approaching 30. In the midst of a painful break-up with his long-term girlfriend, Rob re-examines the events of his life that have led him to his current heartache and misery. Around about now he could use a friend. What he has is a rare vinyl and collectables record store staffed with two freaks who divide their time between harassing customers about their poor taste in music, compiling pointless Top 5 lists and assorted geek pastimes too humiliating to mention. A sparkling comedy that rings painfully true, High Fidelity has the benefit of a uniformly brilliant cast, a script that cuts to the bone and, naturally enough, the best soundtrack to come down the pike in years. Rock your world!

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