My Own Private Idaho

It probably shouldn’t work: a transliteration of Shakespeare’s Henry IV onto the gay street-hustler scene of the Pacific Northwest, filmed in a quasi-expressionistic style. But it does, thanks to Gus Van Sant’s unifying vision and the late River Phoenix’s crowning performance as Mike, the narcoleptic with a heart full of love and a longing for a home.

1991 Gus Van Sant 1.85:1 Color DCP 104 min.