Expectations were high, for I’ve only heard the best things about it.
And indeed My Own Private Idaho deserves every praise. This unconventional film about two hustlers is moving and funny, but more importantly it has depth: whether intellectually or emotionally, you realise that there’s much more to it than an unrequited love. River Phoenix is as real as one can be, sublimely embodying Gus Van Sant‘s unique insight into human behaviour. It’s a film that enthrals for its creative, clever and cohesive mess.