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The Blackout (1997)

A debauched Hollywood movie actor tries to piece together one wild night in Miami years earlier which remains a drug-induced blur, and soon finds out that some questions about his past are best left unanswered.

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Matty is a film star who is tired of Hollywood life and moves to Miami, where he makes a proposal to his girlfriend Annie. She is not ready to marry him, and it is revealed that she had an abortion. Depressed because he lost his baby (though it was him who initially asked for abortion), Matty, together with his friend Micky, go on a wild night, they meet a waitress also called Annie and in the end of the night Matty passes out. A year and a half later Matty lives in New York, leads a clean life visiting AA meetings and has a relationship with attractive blonde Susan. He is still obsessed with Annie and returns to Miami, where unexpected news about Annie 2 (the waitress) waits for him. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong pervasive drug use, language, sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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DEM 25,539 (Germany) (6 February 1998)
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The movie became the center of controversy among a Chilean religious group who wanted the film banned from being released in Chile due to scenes of lesbian sex. See more »

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Matty: How do you answer a question that, you know, that...
Therapist: Have you looked at your life, are you satisfied with what and where you are in your life? What do you want to be different?
Matty: Ah, I want to be free... of my past. I want, I want...
Therapist: Well, what comes to mind, what are your options?
Matty: That's the problem, I mean what do I, what do I do? I can't get on with my life until I... solve... my past.
Therapist: And you say you have these nagging thoughts that you did something terrible. Has anybody ever supported those...
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BREATHLESS
Written by Abel Ferrara, Schoolly D, Joe Delia
Performed by Jill Wolfe
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Plausible account of a lost soul
2 September 1999 | by (toronto) – See all my reviews

It takes a while to get into the movie's mood - Modine's druggy trawl through a razor-sharp Miami is not very well differentiated despite Ferrara's excellent handling, teetering at the edge of surrender to the prevailing decadence but always retaining a distinct alienation and fascinated disgust. Later on the style becomes more tightly formal and controlled, befitting Modine's cleared up state, and Ferrara's portrayal of his obsession and disquietude is very effective in a more conventionally expositional way. Towards the end the mechanics of the ultimate revelation really take over, but Hopper's final long profane shouting fit at Modine after he learns the truth is too hard-hitting to be set aside, and the high-risk final image is oddly touching - the movie is a plausible account of a true lost soul grappling for stability in a world of temptation and internal darkness, with neat (albeit stunt) casting.


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