Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1998. Cinépix Film Properties, Lions Gate Films, Muse Productions. Story by Vincent Gallo, Screenplay by Vincent Gallo, Alison Bagnall. Cinematography by Lance Acord. Produced by Chris Hanley. Music by Vincent Gallo. Production Design by Gideon Ponte. Costume Design by Alexis Scott. Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton.
Vincent Gallo is released from prison and decides to go home and visit his parents (Ben Gazzara, Anjelica Huston). He has been telling them that his absence was due to his making a fortune elsewhere and he is living with a really nice girl; in order to keep this pretense up, he kidnaps a young tap-dancing student (Christina Ricci) and forces her to come home with him and pretend they’re happily in love but, as gets more experience with the lass, her kindly innocence wins him over and he really does begin to have feelings for her. Vincent Gallo’s directorial debut at first appears to be another pretentious, useless artfest with an Andy Warhol bent, but stick around and the brilliant acting (especially Huston and a surprisingly unspoiled Ricci) will keep you enthralled until the heartfelt ending.