The Pacific has dried up and California has become a desert. Wes and Karen try to make the best of it but life is hard on them; even sex hurts. The only person who enjoys himself is Harry, the tax collector.
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While Majewski's extreme formalism creates an un-enticing glacial pace, he does craft amazing moments in which a traditional reading of Christian "gospel" is contrasted with a tale that is evidently more grounded in the capitalist reality that is spurned by the infamous text. The vast sand-scapes illuminate a barren world in which dust becomes the annoyance of worldly sins that can never be eliminated nor ignored.