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Directed by Gus Van Sant

United States 2001 103 mins.

Filmed in the stunning deserts of northern Argentina, Utah, and Death Valley, Gerry falls into the category of minimalist road movie—trek movie, actually—as two friends (Casey Affleck and Matt Damon, both named Gerry) set off on foot in the wild in search of the elusive. Very soon they are completely lost, disoriented, and in peril. Inspired by a real-life story and largely improvised on location, the film calls to mind Antonioni’s searching, existential meditations of the ‘60s, or perhaps the mystical visions of Andrei Tarkovsky or Béla Tarr. While the mystery of their destination challenges, the com-plexities of the journey provide a visually striking opportunity to think about where you might be going, the power of nature, the bonds of friendship and Van Sant’s continuing willingness to explore the possibilities of filmmaking.

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