My Own Private Idaho

Gus Van Sant, 102 mins, USA, 1991, 35mm. Source: Roadshow Films. Courtesy: Roadshow Films.

My Own Private Idaho
My Own Private Idaho
Freaky Fridays' annual memorial screening of Gus Van Sant's indie classic from 1991 dedicated to actor River Phoenix (August 23, 1970 - October 31, 1993).

"If I had a normal family and a good upbringing then I would have been a well adjusted person," Mike (River Phoenix) plaintively tells Scott (Keanu Reeves) in a rare exchange of awkwardly articulated truths between the two street hustlers from opposite sides of the tracks.

Scott Favor (Reeves) is the son of Portland's mayor. His low-rent Midnight Cowboy phase is no more than a calculated rebellion before he takes up the birthright of social prestige he conveniently keeps in store. Mike's path is less clear; a sensitive, gay, narcoleptic nursing a deep sense of maternal abandonment, Mike's fortunes in life rely far more precariously on the kindness - or otherwise - of all too random strangers.

Udo Kier, James Russo and Grace Zabriskie co-star in a hauntingly rambling road-trip that takes Mike and Scott from the Pacific Northwest to the piazzas of Rome - in a scene that tips its hat to Pasolini - in the search for home.

"An essential testament to the beauty and [acting] chops of the late River Phoenix" - Rolling Stone
Dates   Fri 28 Oct 2011, 9.30pm
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