LAST DAYS

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LAST DAYS

Gus Van Sant
USA, 2005
Fiction, 97min, Omd/fU

LAST DAYS

Gus Van Sant
USA, 2005
Fiction, 97min, Omd/fU

Cast: 
Michael Pitt
Blake
Lukas Haas
Luke
Asia Argento
Asia
Scott Green
Scott
Nicole Vicius
Nicole
Ryan Orion
Donovan
Screenplay: 
Gus Van Sant
Sound: 
Leslie Shatz
Camera: 
Harris Savides
Editor: 
Gus Van Sant
Composer: 
Rodrigo Lopresti
Decoration: 
Tim Grimes
Costume: 
Michelle Matland
Allan McCosky

Production: 
HBO Films 2500 Broadway, Suite 400 Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA T 310 382 3000
World Sales: 
HBO Enterprises 1100 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036, USA T 212 512 71 12 heather.mcvicar@hbo.com
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm Verleih Margareten Straße 78 1050 Wien T 1 581 39 00 20, polyfilm@polyfilm.at
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Last Days, the brilliant concluding chapter in the death trilogy that inspired Gus Van Sants artistic rebirth, wafts through the final 48 or so hours of a Kurt-Cobain-like rock star. Like Elephant, Van Sants Columbine meditation, Last Days zeroes in on the hallucinatory stillness of a final countdown. It shares with the earlier film a compressed time frame and aspect ratio, as well as a slippery, cosmic, almost four-dimensional sense of space and time, achieved again via remarkable technical means: Harris Savides fluid camerawork, Leslie Shatzs layered sound design, Van Sants instinctual editing. As in Elephant, the iconographic details of a mythic tragedy are faithfully reproduced, and they float by in a narcotic fog, charged with meaning but untouched by the organizing principles of conventional narrative. (Dennis Lim)