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Nineties: Young Cinema Rebels

My Own Private Idaho

Don’t miss this bittersweet tale of two drifters, narcoleptic hustler Mike (Phoenix) and his friend Scott (Reeves).

Image from My Own Private Idaho

USA 1991
Dir Gus Van Sant
With River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert
Certificate 15

Narcoleptic hustler Mike (Phoenix) and his friend Scott (Reeves), who’s secretly from a wealthy family, ditch the streets of Portland and hit the road, heading for Mike’s home town of Idaho. Focusing on characters living on the fringes of American society, and avant-garde in its style (partly inspired by William Burroughs’ cut-up technique), My Own Private Idaho is considered a landmark in New Queer Cinema.

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