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Directed by Gus Van Sant

United States 2005 97 mins.

Michael Pitt portrays a hauntingly familiar figure in this meditation—dedicated to Kurt Cobain—on the final days in the life of a famed musician retreating from the clamor of the world and its myriad, insistent demands. “Success is subjective,” an earnest Yellow Pages salesman tells Blake (Pitt), as he invites him to consider how a directory listing may best serve his “business needs.” Blake, however, doesn’t need more calls and prefers to wander the grounds of his secluded estate, build himself a campfire and ironically sing “Home on the Range” to no one in particular.