A friendship between two twenty-something men is tested to its very limits when they go on a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them. –IMDb
A director who is capable of crafting both deeply unconventional independent films and mainstream crowd-pleasers, Gus Van Sant has managed to carve an enviable niche for himself in Hollywood. Since debuting in 1985 with Mala Noche, Van Sant has become one of the premiere bards of dysfunction, populating his films with a parade of hustlers, junkies, psychopathic weather girls, homicidal teens, and troubled geniuses.
The son of a traveling salesman, Van Sant was born in Louisville, KY, on July 24, 1952. One constant in the director’s early years was his interest in painting and Super-8 filmmaking. Van Sant’s artistic leanings took him to the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970, where introduction to Avant-Garde cinema quickly inspired him to change his major from painting to cinema. After mobving to LA, Van Sant became fascinated by the existence of the marginalized section of L.A.‘s population, especially in context with the more ordinary prosperous world that surrounded them… read more
magnificent landscapes for an act of euthnasia. useless tragedy, useless self-murder by murdering your friend = absurdity.
Soy un gran fan de Van Sant pero hay algo que en alguna de sus películas no me agrada: el relato se hace denso por abusar con los planos secuencia y las tomas interminables que tanto amo. Esta peli es interesante pero se vuelve un poco densa. El estilo de Van Sant es centrarse sobre la acciones y no sobre los dialogos asi que en eso ya es propio del director y a gusto de cada uno. Lejos del resto :(
There are no rules in cinema. Just do what feels right. This film is no 'accident'. Gus Van Sant looked for the best spots in different desserts to shoot this magnificent film.
A look at the work of cinematographer Harris Savides.