Because his wife left him and took his son with her, screenwriter Ben Anderson has started drinking, a lot. He’s getting more and more isolated and he troubles women in bars because he wants to have sex with them. When he gets fired, he decides to leave everything behind and move to Las Vegas and drink himself to death. In Las Vegas he meets Sera, a prostitute with some problems as well who he moves in with. –IMDb
Michael “Mike” Figgis (born 28 February 1948) is an English film director, writer, and composer.
Figgis’s early interest was in music and he played keyboards for Bryan Ferry’s first band. In 1983 he directed a theatre play, produced in Theatre Gerard-Philipe (Saint-Denis, Paris, France). This play performed with great success at Festival de Grenada and in Theater der Welt (Munich, Germany).
After working in theatre (he was a musician and performer in the experimental group People Show) he made his feature film debut with the low budget Stormy Monday in 1988. The film earned him attention as a director who could get interesting performances from established Hollywood actors. He initially made a splash in America in the 1990s with the gritty thriller Internal Affairs that helped to revive the career of Richard Gere. His next Hollywood feature Mr. Jones was misunderstood by the studio who attempted to market the downbeat story as a feelgood movie… read more
A cry from hell. John O'Brien (the screenwriter) killed himself soon after finishing the script. Depression, alcoholism and life on the margins of society are enacted with honest conviction. Cage digs deep and creates a convincing portrait of booze soaked despair. Shue is heartbreaking in her vulnerability. Two lost souls connect for a moment and then everything falls to pieces. This movie is an emotional gut punch.
A neon drenched, bluesy, beauty of a film. Full of subtle character development, cage giving his all and a soundtrack to match the outstanding quality of the film, i loved it! 4/5
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