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My Own Private Idaho
Directed by Gus Van Sant • 1991 • United States
Starring River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, William Richert
River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves star in this haunting tale from Gus Van Sant about two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and the object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest along the grungy streets and open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home. Visually dazzling and thematically groundbreaking, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO is a deeply moving look at unrequited love and life on society’s margins.