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3.8
4,712 Ratings

My Own Private Idaho

Directed by Gus Van Sant
United States, 1991
Drama, Comedy, LGBT+

Synopsis

Two young hustlers, Mike and Scott, navigate a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns. They go on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home.

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My Own Private Idaho Directed by Gus Van Sant
Van Sant has reanimated the tired tropes of the road movie by giving them a wholly new meaning – the road as Whitmanesque/Twainesque ribbon leading to a never-perhaps-attainably unity with the author of being… Portland cinematographers Eric Alan Edwards and John Campbell have risen to Van Sant’s concept with images luminous and numinous; the very clouds and sky and land seem to glow from within.
September 01, 1991
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A dense and personal film with an engulfing sadness. . . . My Own Private Idaho stands as Van Sant’s first artistic peak, a perfect synthesis of formal inventiveness and narrative generosity.
June 27, 2018
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[Van Sant] mingles tremendous visual imagination with a leaning toward off-the-wall situations and sometimes raunchy images. The picture includes everything from talking magazine covers to scenes borrowed from Shakespeare, and some devices work much better than others.
October 01, 1991
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