GenreDrama, Music, Romance Music directorPeter Himmelman LanguageEnglish
WriterToni Kalem, Anne Tyler Release dateJanuary 22, 1999 (1999-01-22) (Sundance)
May 14, 2004 (2004-05-14) (US: limited) CastLili Taylor (Evie Decker), Guy Pearce (Drumstrings Casey), Sara Rue (Violet), Irma P. Hall (Clotelia), John Hawkes (David Elliot), Shawnee Smith (Faye-Jean Lindsay) Similar moviesFish Tank, Factory Girl, Jupiter Ascending, The Last Witch Hunter, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss
A slipping down life 1999 trailer
A Slipping-Down Life is a 1999 romantic drama film directed by Toni Kalem. Based on a novel by Anne Tyler, it stars Lili Taylor and Guy Pearce.
Shy loner Evie (Taylor) hears musician Drumstrings Casey (Pearce) on the radio one night and becomes infatuated with him. She pursues him, carving his name (sadly, backwards) in her forehead with broken glass, and eventually they meet and then marry. They both still struggle to make something of their lives.
Lili Taylor as Evie Decker
Guy Pearce as Drumstrings Casey
Irma P. Hall as Clotelia
John Hawkes as David Elliot
Veronica Cartwright as Mrs. Casey
Marshall Bell as Mr. Casey
Johnny Goudie as Jesse
Shawnee Smith as Faye-Jean Lindsay
Sara Rue as Violet
Bruno Kirby as Kiddie Arcades Manager
Tom Bower as Mr. Decker
Jo Ann Farabee as Woman at Salon
Harv Morgan as Dick St. Clair
Jason Russell Waller as Audience Member #1
Lew Temple as Audience Member #2
Jason Kavalewitz as Young Sexband
A Slipping-Down Life premiered on January 22, 1999, at the Sundance Film Festival, distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment. It was given limited theatrical release in the United States on May 14, 2004.
The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Festival. In 2004 it won the Special Jury Prize at the Indianapolis International Film Festival and Lili Taylor won the Achievement Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival. In that year it was also nominated for a Golden Trailer Award.