With its low budget and lush black-and-white imagery, Gus Van Sant’s debut feature Mala Noche heralded an idiosyncratic, provocative new voice in American independent film. Set in Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, the film evokes a world of transient workers, dead-end day-shifters, and bars and seedy apartments bathed in a profound nighttime, as it follows a romantic deadbeat with a wayward crush on a handsome Mexican immigrant.Mala Noche was an important prelude to the New Queer Cinema of the nineties and is a fascinating capsule from a time and place that continues to haunt its director’s work.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings

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Cast & Crew

Cast
Tim Streeter
Director
Gus Van Sant

Information

Studio
The Criterion Collection
Genre
Drama
Released
Copyright
© 1985 Gus Van Sant.

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo)

Accessibility

SDH
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing refer to subtitles in the original language with the addition of relevant nondialogue information.

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