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116 Ratings

Trouble in Mind

Directed by Alan Rudolph
United States, 1985
Drama, Comedy, Crime


The lives of an ex-con, a coffee-shop owner, and a young couple looking to make it rich intersect in the fictional and hypnotic Rain City.

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Trouble in Mind Directed by Alan Rudolph

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1986 | Winner: C.I.C.A.E. Award

Independent Spirit Awards

1986 | Winner: Best Cinematography

1986 | Nominee: Best Female Lead

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1985 | 2nd place: Best Music

Critics reviews

I think of this movie all the time. Along with Rudolph’s even more ambitious The Moderns, it has become my base reference for exercises in intoxicating style. The associative cuts, the shots composed around mirrors and windows, the wet streets, the zooms of Toyomichi Kurita’s camerawork—they all lend Trouble In Mind the logic and flow of music or verse. There is an attentiveness not just to sound but also to the sound of speech.
February 14, 2017
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