It is so difficult these days to find a truly special film which deals with first love, true love and the expression of sexuality with uncommon sensitivity. Take Tipping the Velvet, which was a good book adapted into a TV series with the most ridiculous over-dramatisation. Lost and Delerious is such a far cry from this as to be an entirely new genre altogether.
The drama centres around Torie and Paulie, girlfriends and roommates and so deeply in love. Or so we think...When Torie and Paulie are caught in bed together by Torie's younger sister, it all begins to go haywire. Torie cuts herself off entirely from Paulie in an effort to convince not only her friends, but herself, that she's not gay. New roomie Mouse is left in the middle, although she doesn't actually do much, just stands and watched Paulie self-destruct.
Piper Perabo (Paulie) brings in a sterling performance, proving she has more talent than Coyote Ugly permitted her to show. Not many reviewers seem to compliment Jessica Pare in her role as Tori. True, Perabo has much more interest, dramatic moments and so on, but Pare has her time to shine as well. Lines which should sound corny ("I'm so lost without you, pete"), she can sincerely carry off, and that should not go without recognition.
It would be a mistake to see this film as no more than a "lesbian flick". Of course there's sex involved, lesbians do it too, you know. It's not porn and it's not reliant on the sex to maintain interest. This is a film truly worthy of commendation. If there was a criticism I had to make, it would be the fact that at times Paulie sounds over-desperate, and the ending is a little abrupt. That said, it is based on The Wife of Bath and has to follow some literary guidelines.
I would quite happily recommend this film to anyone and everyone I know. It's such a shame that it has been overlooked because it went straight to video. That doesn't make it unworthy of watching, I can assure you!