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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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Scott (as Scott Green)
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Nicole
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Detective
Ryan Orion ...
Donovan
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Guy in Club
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Band in Club (as The Hermitt)
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Record Executive
Adam Friberg ...
Elder Friberg #1
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Elder Friberg #2
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Yellow Book Salesman
Chip Marks ...
Tree Trimmer
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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.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$86,556 (USA) (22 July 2005)

Gross:

$454,711 (USA) (26 August 2005)
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1.37 : 1
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Seven years before production, 14-year-old Holger Thaarup of Denmark was originally cast as the lead, Blake. He didn't speak any English and Gus Van Sant intended the role to be silent; Van Sant then met 17-year-old Michael Pitt and cast him instead. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film Blake plays guitar both left handed and right handed. (Kurt Cobain - on whom Blake is reportedly based - played left handed.) See more »

Quotes

Record Executive: Have you uh, talked to your daughter? Hmm.
Blake: Hmm. Yeah I've been talking to her on the phone.
Record Executive: What do you say to her?
Blake: Hmm-mm. I do the voices she likes. I don't know. I tell her I miss her.
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Featured in The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.14 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

On Bended Knee
Written by Jimmy Jam (as James Harris III) and Terry Lewis
Performed by Boys II Men
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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30 August 2005 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

It's always difficult to recommend a movie like this. I don't think my friends would let me pick a movie again if I took them to this. Is it a good movie? Yes it is. Am I telling everyone I know about it? No, I'm telling everyone about the 40-Year-Old Virgin.

This film is similar in tone and mood to Van Sants previous film "Elephant" about a Columbine like massacre. This one is about the final days of Kurt Cobaine. I saw a review that used the word "careen", as in crooning toward your final destiny. Careening is a good word for a drug abuse movie like "Requiem for a Dream" but in this film, the tone is much more relaxed and observant. Nobody is careening in this film. In both films there is not much plot or characterization. It is shot in a documentary style where we simply observe what this character is doing. Both "Elephant" and "Final Days" remind me of those films in elementary school where you watch a film about people going about their normal daily routines. You watch with wide eyed curiosity about why the people are doing this. This doesn't mean the film is boring, it just means you have to be in a different mood. It did spark my curiosity.

I think "Elephant" is a superior movie to this one but I admire Van Sant for making these two unique films. Elephant simply has a more serine quality to it but if you loved "Elephant" then you will like "Last Days".


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