Johnny Suede
Filmfest 2011

German Age Rating

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The film is essentially a tragi-comic meandering through the uncharted swamps of the male psyche. I think it is some of Brad’s best work... The film won Best Picture at the 1990 Locarno Film Festival. It was bought there by Miramax but not released until over a year later in order to "capitalize on Pitt’s ascending stardom." It was my first film at Sundance. No one seemed to know what to make of the film. And when it was finally released critical reaction was pretty much the same. Vincent Canby, writing in the NY Times said, "There is something going on in this film; maybe someone can tell me what it is." I almost wondered for a moment if that wasn’t his job. "DiCillo grafts an appealing veneer of droll slow-burn humour, wacky caricature, and pseudo-hip posing. Much of what is said and done is deliberately and delightfully absurd. But the movie is saved from becoming too knowingly flip not only by DiCillo's sure sense of pace and mood, but by the performances; especially Keener, who displays a fine mix of strength, savvy and vulnerability." Geoff Andrew, TimeOut London

tags: Feature film

Cast: Brad Pitt, Nick Cave, Catherine Keener, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Boes


Director: Tom DiCillo