Mala Noche (Van Sant, 1985)

Essential viewing because it’s the debut of director Gus Van Sant, but color me confused why this film makes such an impact on people. Yeah, the subject matter is risky, the avant garde style intriguing, however the love story is very basic and the political undertones wash away easily. Maybe multiple screenings will eventually help, but right now I’m stuck between apathetic respect and dubious dislike.

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