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Following the last hours of a junkie rock star (Michael Pitt) doing nothing in particular in and around his country mansion before he kills himself, Gus Van Sant's experimental feature, nicely shot by Harris Savides, purports to be inspired by the death of Kurt Cobain, though mainly it's a shrewd invitation to the audience to fill in the hagiographic blanks. Less dreary than Van Sant's Gerry but far less interesting than Elephant, this suggests both of its predecessors in its mannerist doggedness; even the time overlaps of Elephant are pointlessly reprised. The best moments come when other characters turn up (Lukas Haas, Asia Argento, Ricky Jay, and Thadeus A. Thomas as a door-to-door salesman) or the camera becomes as indifferent as the hero, slowly backing away from it all. R, 97 min.

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