Loving Highsmith

Highsmith’s former flames draw a compelling portrait of underground life in the mid 20th century.


Loving Highsmith

LOVING HIGHSMITH is a unique look at the life of celebrated American author Patricia Highsmith based on her diaries and notebooks and the intimate reflections of her lovers, friends and family. Focusing on Highsmith’s quest for love and her troubled identity, the film sheds new light on her life and writing.

Most of Highsmith’s novels were adapted for the big screen; the best known of these are
Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Carol, a partly autobiographic novel, was the first lesbian story with a happy ending to be published in 1950s America. But Highsmith herself was forced to lead a double life and had to hide her vibrant love affairs from her family and the public. Only in her unpublished writings did she reflect on her private life.

Excerpts from these notes voiced by Gwendoline Christie (
Game of Thrones, Top of the Lake), beautifully interwoven with archive material of her and her most famous novel adaptations, create a vivid, touching portrait of one of the most fascinating female writers.
Not Rated
Documentary, LGBTQ+, Women and Film, Art & Artists
English, German, French
Eva Vitija
Eva Vitija
Annina Butterworth, Marijane Meaker, Monique Buffet, Tabea Blumenschein, Dan Coates, Judy Coates, Courney Coates
Jude Dry, Indiewire

It turns out that the American writer Patricia Highsmith, whose work inspired such illustrious filmmakers as Alfred Hitchcock and Todd Haynes, was just as prolific and popular with the most interesting women of her time. Women lotharios are hardly as revered as their male counterparts, and even less ...

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