My Own Private Idaho - Enzian Theater

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My Own Private Idaho

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV,” Mike Waters (River Phoenix) is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves) is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike’s estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.

1991, 104 minutes, USA, Directed by Gus Van Sant

  • "One of the most original cinematic talents at work in this country, Van Sant has a knack for pulling disparate elements together and twisting them into wildly funny lyrical odysseys of the mind and heart."

    - Michael Upchurch, SEATTLE TIMES
  • "A simultaneously heartbreaking and exhilarating road movie."

    - Jonathan Rosenbaum, CHICAGO READER
  • "This is a very rich, very sympathetic piece of work."

    - Dave Kehr, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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