My Own Private Idaho

Year: 1991
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Gus Van Sant/William Shakespeare
Cast: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, Flea
I never realised until I look into the background of this movie that it was a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Henry IV (apparently lesser known than Henry V).

And being Shakespeare (and with the language not modernised for philistines like me) I understood little of it and didn't last the distance.

That's not to denigrate Gus Van Sant, who's one of the most interesting directors we have today - swinging as he does between obsure arthouse films like this and much more accessible crowd pleasers like Finding Forrester, elbowing challenging navel-gazers like Gerry in between them.

Phoenix and Reeves play rebellious gay male gigolos, and apparently all the meat in the story came after I gave up on it. And I was convinced the guy Bob was being played by Brian Cox (he wasn't).

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