In the metropolis of Rain City which is run under a military state, Wanda's Café is the meeting point for several individuals, who, in the words of Lt. Gunther of the police department, are converging on "the shit (they're) wallowing in". Former Rain City police officer John Hawkins - Hawk to his friends - has just been released from prison where he served eight years for murder, a crime to which he readily admits. He killed Fat Adolph, a mobster, in an effort to clean up the streets and protect the ones he loved. He has returned to Wanda's - Wanda who was his former lover - to restart his life. Straightforward Wanda still loves Hawk, but is not in love with him, and as such offers him a place to stay with no strings. Wanda has just hired largely innocent Georgia to work in the café. Penniless Georgia and her husband Coop have just arrived in Rain City with their infant son Spike in the run-down camper in which they live. They believed moving to the city - their first time ever in ...Written by
Trouble in Mind is a masterpiece from Alan Rudolph - the most underrated movie director of USA.
It's a great analysis of the amoral society where everyone is ready to sell a soul for his, his friend's or at least for his child's future. In the game of life only the ones wise enough to play with small bets survive.
80's were an afterglow of the 70's criticism against the weak but high developed systems. Although films like "To live and to die in L.A" got the most attention in this area, Trouble in Mind won't have to be ashamed no bit.
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