Michael Peyser, Aidan Quinn, Desperately Seeking Susan, Mark Blum, Midge Sanford, Rosanna Arquette, Sarah Pillsbury and Susan Seidelman - Michael Peyser, Midge Sanford, Leora Barish, Mark Blum, Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Susan Seidelman, Sarah Pillsbury New York City, USA - 25th anniversary screening of Desperately Seeking Susan Thursday 23rd September 2010
Ryder plays the cheeky Finn, a precocious grad student pondering a marriage proposal. Having second thoughts, she decides to spend the summer with a gaggle of quilting relatives and their friends, just to sort things out. Well, we see right off the bat that this probably wasn't such a great idea, because each and every one of these people is completely insane.
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A gripping study of teen ambivalence and the utter lack of angst, River's Edge is a creepy, powerful, and underseen picture that features some virtuoso performances (notably Crispin Glover's Layne, who organizes an ill-conceived campaign to get John out of town). Featuring some of the most inventive and believable dialogue, the locals (including Keanu Reeves and Ione Skye as the only kids even remotely bothered by the death of their friend) are at a loss for what to do. Atmospheric and numbing, the picture is an obvious precursor to Twin Peaks, and a better template David Lynch couldn't have found. The story is loosely based on a real murder, which makes it all the more chilling.
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