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lisa_NP
cholodenko_NP
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"_"
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"_"
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,_,
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._.
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._.
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._.
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a_DT
creative_JJ
misstep_NN
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filmmakers_NNS
'_"
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._.
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(_(
radha_NP
mitchell_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
24-year-old_NN
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(_(
gabriel_NP
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)_)
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,_,
"_"
frame_NN
._.
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._.
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,_,
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of_IN
it_PP
,_,
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lucy_NP
beliner_NN
(_(
ally_NN
sheedy_NN
)_)
,_,
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,_,
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,_,
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(_(
patricia_NP
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._.
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a_DT
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lucy_NP
,_,
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used_VBD
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be_BE
an_DT
acclaimed_JJ
photographer_NN
ten_CD
years_NNS
before_IN
._.
lucy_NP
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want_VB
to_TO
get_VB
back_RP
into_IN
the_DT
profession_NN
,_,
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syd_???
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to_TO
convince_VB
the_DT
"_"
frame_NN
"_"
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to_IN
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a_DT
piece_NN
on_IN
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work_NN
._.
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,_,
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lucy_NP
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a_DT
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,_,
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lucy_NP
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a_DT
battle_NN
with_IN
her_PP$
personal_JJ
demons_NNS
._.
"_"
high_JJ
art_NN
,_,
"_"
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such_DT
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effective_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
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suger-coated_VBN
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idealized_VBN
,_,
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a_DT
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of_IN
unhappy_JJ
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syd_???
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to_IN
rise_NN
._.
the_DT
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lesbianism_NN
,_,
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love_NN
,_,
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a_DT
refreshing_JJ
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pace_NN
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usual_JJ
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homosexuality_NN
._.
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._.
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picture_NN
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ally_NN
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her_PP$
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lucy_NP
,_,
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drugs_NNS
,_,
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her_PP$
once-blossoming_NN
career_NN
._.
her_PP
characted_VBD
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tragic_JJ
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is_BEZ
heartbreaking_VBG
._.
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autobiographical_JJ
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sheedy_NN
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knowledge_NN
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lucy_NP
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to_IN
her_PP$
role_NN
._.
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radha_NP
mitchell_NP
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,_,
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,_,
"_"
love_NN
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"_"
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her_PP$
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._.
easily_RB
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mitchell_NP
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the_DT
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natural_JJ
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ricci_NP
so_RB
popular_JJ
recently_RB
._.
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almost_RB
every_DT
detail_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
,_,
"_"
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"_"
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,_,
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._.
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,_,
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film_NN
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they_PP
confronted_VBD
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other_JJ
._.
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,_,
however_RB
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
film_NN
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riches_NNS
._.
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a_DT
hopeless_JJ
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despair_NN
,_,
syd_???
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lucy_NP
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their_PP$
problems_NNS
._.
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character_NN
of_IN
dominique_NN
(_(
anh_???
duong_JJ
)_(
,_,
the_DT
"_"
frame_NN
"_"
editor_NN
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give_VB
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a_DT
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her_PP$
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was_BEDZ
also_RB
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be_BE
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._.
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the_DT
film_NN
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beautifully_RB
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done_DON
._.
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once_RB
,_,
it_PP
did_DOD
not_XNOT
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steaminess_NN
,_,
or_CC
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sexual_JJ
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,_,
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actual_JJ
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their_PP$
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involved_JJ
in_IN
making_VBG
the_DT
decision_NN
to_IN
actually_RB
have_HV
sex_NN
._.
"_"
high_JJ
art_NN
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"_"
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the_DT
screenwriting_NN
award_NN
at_IN
the_DT
1998_CD
sundance_NN
film_NN
festival_NN
,_,
marks_NP
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superior_JJ
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film_NN
debut_NN
of_IN
cholodenko_NP
,_,
as_CS
well_RB
as_CS
sheedy_NN
's_BEZ
strongest_JJS
,_,
and_CC
best_JJS
,_,
role_NN
to_IN
date_NN
._.
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