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25 August-31 August

Variety (18)


“A sharp, fierce, engaged piece of work”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Christine (Sandy McLeod), a bright and unassuming young woman, takes a job selling tickets at a pornographic theatre near Times Square. Developing an obsession with this erotic milieu that begins to consume her life, Christine finds her relationships with her boyfriend Mark (Will Patton) and Louie (Richard Davidson), one of the theatre’s patrons, profoundly changed.

Emerging from the underground NYC arts scene, Variety includes an impressive array of talent, including cinematography by Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion), performances by Luis Guzman (Boogie Nights), John Waters regular Cookie Mueller and photographer Nan Goldin, and a score by actor and musician John Lurie (Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law). A ground-breaking treatment of female voyeurism and desire, this is a transgressive and highly personal film and represents a major work of a director who continues to embody the essence of independent cinema along with being a love letter to a grimy, pre-Giuliani era of bygone New York.

Director:Bette Gordon







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