Last Days (2005)

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A Seattle-set rock & roll drama about a musician whose life and career is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain's.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Patrick Green ...
Scott (as Scott Green)
Ryan Orion ...
Guy in Club
Band in Club (as The Hermitt)
Record Executive
Adam Friberg ...
Elder Friberg #1
Andy Friberg ...
Elder Friberg #2
Yellow Book Salesman
Chip Marks ...
Tree Trimmer
TV Voiceover (voice)


Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning he returns to his house, an elegant, if neglected, stone mansion. Many people are looking for Blake--his friends, his managers and record label, even a private detective--but he does not want to be found. In the haze of his final hours, Blake will spend most his time by himself. He avoids the people who are living in his house, who approach him only when they want something, be it money or help with a song. He hides from one concerned friend and turns away another. He visits politely with a stranger from the Yellow Pages sales department, and he ducks into an underground rock club. He wanders through the woods and he plays a new song, one last rock and roll blowout. Finally, alone in the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rock and roll will never die.


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 May 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Last Days - Últimos Dias  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$306,933 (France) (20 May 2005)


$454,711 (USA) (26 August 2005)

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Last part of Gus Van Sant's 'Death' trilogy. The other two parts are Gerry (2002) and Elephant (2003). See more »


One of the LDS missionaries that visits the house is wearing a light blue shirt. LDS missionaries are only permitted to wear non-decorative white shirts with dark pants/suits, and a conservative tie. The missionaries also carried no pamphlets, visual aids, appointment books, or their own complete sets of scriptures, which is highly unlikely for door-to-door proselytizing. See more »


Blake: I'm being treated like I'm a... like I'm a... fucking criminal, you know?
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Follows Gerry (2002) See more »


Written by Jack Gibson
Performed by tenlons fort
Courtesy of Scorpionics Music Company
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last days -- the slow demise of an individual
24 September 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Gus Van Sant does a remarkable job with this film - "Last Days." Nothing much happens, there is not a lot of dialogue but what we see, experience, is the slow demise of an individual into oblivion. We are observers, albeit at a distance. The urge maybe there to intervene; deliberately evoked by the structure of Van Sant's film. We want to say: 'You do not have to go on like this. We can help.' The structure is like a memory recalled. We keep going over it, adding bits as we do to try to make more sense, but never arriving at a definitive version. We especially hope that when the advertising salesman calls to the house and Blake lets him in,that he will engage with the man and forget his morose preoccupations. But the gulf between the two is unbridgeable. The nadir of the film is when Blake, left alone by his friends in the rehearsal room, starts to play on his guitar. His voice echoes his inner anguish, rising from a low to a high and then back to a low. He even manages to break a string on the guitar, but dexterously pulls the string while continuing the song. How could such music come out of such gloom? This is the paradox of creativity -- of trying to give form to ideas, not yet realized. We wait in anticipation, incapable of giving directions. Blake is constantly trying to evade the intrusion of others but cannot transcend his own self, of being in the world. The final intrusion finds him not there; he is dead.

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