Day for Night: My Own Private Idaho

This Sunday at the Waldorf: Day for Night presents a screening of Gus Van Sant’s iconic film about narcolepsy and male hustling starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves: “My Own Private Idaho.” (1991)


Two young hustlers meet in Portland, Ore., and for a time affect each other’s lives during an odyssey that takes them to Idaho, Italy and back. Mike Waters (River Phoenix) is a [narcoleptic] male prostitute with an urge to find his mother. Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves) is a smooth operator with an agenda that includes humiliating his father, the Mayor of Portland, before accepting a large inheritance. Seeming to wander aimlessly, Gus Van Sant’s film makes its well-plotted way to a logical conclusion. Like Sam Shepard’s plays, “My Own Private Idaho” is set in a contemporary American West inhabited by people who have lost touch with a past perhaps best left unexplored. Their attempts to connect with the present are tentative, desperate and usually doomed. For most, the cost of the connection is too high, being beyond their mental and emotional means. – New York Times

Day for Night: Films in the Afternoon

April 10th, 2011, Film at 4:00pm

The Waldorf Hotel | 1489 East Hastings

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