My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves
It's pretty clear that the '90s were all about Keanu Reeves: The Matrix, The Devil's Advocate, Bram Stoker's Dracula, you name it. Yet again, he does not let anyone down in My Own Private Idahoalongside the very talented River Phonenix. Gus van Sant, another film icon of the nineties, tells the story of two teenagers on the road to self discovery and, because van Sant is merciless, they seem to never discover anything.
But like most of van Sant's projects, everything is up to interpretation. The film is not as confrontational as his other films, but that does not mean that it is the kind of movie you would want to watch on your first date, unless you're that kind of guy. My Own Private Idaho tries to grasp the feeling of change, or lack thereof, in a raw and symbolic way that makes you think about the movie for weeks after having watched it. —VC