Depressed and alienated rock star Blake (played by Michael Pitt, based on Kurt Cobain) is holed up in a country retreat with a smattering of hangers-on. Uncommunicative and incapable of even preparing breakfast, Blake drifts towards suicide while his companions party on oblivious…
A beguiling work of some beauty, this is a further move into a world of hypnotic, observational cinema for Gus Van Sant. But in the end, the detached style has the power to alienate as much as to enthral.
Reviewed by Steve O'Hagan
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