Directed by Sara Driver • 1986 • United States, West Germay
Starring Suzanne Fletcher, Ann Magnuson, Dexter Lee
Sara Driver’s first feature is a tantalizingly enigmatic, surrealist fantasia rooted in the grit and anything-goes energy of the 1980s New York night world. When Nicole (Suzanne Fletcher), a young copy-shop employee, is hired to translate an ancient Chinese manuscript, she soon finds that the document has strange powers that exert an eerie influence over her life. As women go bald, people mysteriously die, and Xerox machines seem to develop minds of their own, Driver guides this hypnagogic reverie into increasingly hallucinatory, dreamlike realms, aided by the striking chiaroscuro compositions of cinematographer Jim Jarmusch.