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My Own Private Idaho (1991)
US 102m, Colour
Director: Gus Van Sant; Cast: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, Julie Garwood, Rodney Harvey, Grace Zabriskie
A gritty drama about alienation and a faltering relationship, My Own Private Idaho follows two friends, Mike, who suffers from narcolepsy, and is searching for his estranged mother, and Scott, who is selfishly waiting for his family inheritance. Borrowing elements and dialogue from Shakespeare’s Henry IV and V, this is an uncompromising film that could have easily made some sociopolitical statement, but rather, was content with telling the story of its principal characters who were living their lives on the fringes of society (Klaus Ming September 2016).