Bottom 40% of all time (see others with this rank)

Festival Year

2001 (click here to see all competition films from this year)


Dramatic Competition


Kerry Washington, Lonette McKee, Eugene Byrd, Barbara Montgomery, Samantha Brown, Sticky Fingaz

Non-Cast Credits

DeMane Davis, Khari Streeter, Cathy Konrad, James Mangold, Mort Swinski, Julian Iragorri, John N. Hart, Jeffrey Sharp, Mark Hankey, Robert Kessel, Jonathan Starch, Morton Swinsky, David Phillips, James Chinlund


While many African American filsm embrace bourgeois materialism as an inherent sign of success, DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter string it up for target practice in this stylish and refreshing drama about professional shoplifting. Lift raises a magnifying glass to a dysfunctional Bostonian black family and shows how trecherous it can be to turn to Versace, Marc Jacobs, and DKNY to heal old family wounds.

Niecy is a saleswoman for a large department store. She is also the best "booster" in town and can waltz surreptitiously out of any clothing store with whatever top-line item her black-market customers desire. Her high-rolling activities put her at the center of the social circle, but she fails to find devotion from her toughest customer -- her mother Elaine. A survivor of an abusive childhood, Elaine attempts to feed her damaged, embittered heart with an endless stream of material finery. She turns to her daughter to soothe her wounds and gain her love, willingly takes on higher and higher stakes in pursuit of the best money can buy.

DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter return to the Sundance Film Festival with a real treat -- a crime caper that is as slick and beautiful as it is smart (their first film, Black & White & Red All Over played in the 1997 Film Festival). With a zizzling soundtrack and strong performances by a gorgeous cast, Lift is a super-fresh take on black crime and a parable for the wise.


Shari Frilot (see other films reviewed by the same reviewer)

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