Mala Noche (2007)

Mala Noche

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This black-and-white, low-budget drama is the first feature-length film by Gus van Sant (director of 1997's Good Will Hunting and 1991's My Own Private Idaho). As in his later films, except for the 1997 hit, gay men and their society are in high focus. The story is based on an autobiographical book by Walt Curtis who is played by Tim Strecter. Walt lives with his sister in Portland, Oregon and one day invites a Mexican named Johnny (Doug Cooeyate) over for dinner. His intentions are anything but … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Walt Curtis, Gus Van Sant
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2007
Runtime:
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as Walt Curtis

as Roberto

as Hotel Clerk

as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Mala Noche

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

Even at the start of his career, Van Sant has always been an artist who has savored the bittersweet pleasure of sadness and pain.

September 1, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Of all Van Sant's movies, Mala Noche is the rawest, most personal, and least freighted. It's the one fans should see for the simplest inkling into Van Sant's complex artistic roots.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007
Boston Globe
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Van Sant would later refine some of the blunter stylistic turns into a wondrous visual poetry; his ability to capture the addictive pull of desire, however, remains compelling even in its crudest state.

Full Review… | June 2, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Underseen but not exactly neglected, Mala Noche isn't in the same league as the recent smash IFC revival of Killer of Sheep. But this small, sensitive, wondrously likable debut occupies a nearby nook in the DIY pantheon.

Full Review… | May 29, 2007
Village Voice
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Offbeat, offhand, and at times off-the-wall.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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A very well-made movie, terse and to the point, nicely photographed by John Campbell and written and directed by Mr. Van Sant with sardonic humor.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Mala Noche

Just a beautiful looking film. Gus Van Sant gives a dark, urban atmosphere without the confines of mainstream cinema. He shows a love/obsession that is usually not able to be seen onscreen. The only part I wasn't a fan of was the narration, which took a lot away from the viewing experience. However, it was a small price to pay for an otherwise flawless debut.

ythelastman89
Conner Rainwater

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Interesting first movie for Gas Van Sant. The black and white suits it and I liked how it was filmed. Story is slight, and couldn't really see what Walt saw in Johnny, but anyhow.... Worth a look, but it wasn't the best he's done.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]"Mala Noche," Gus Van Sant's promising debut film about drifters, starts with a chance meeting between a white hipster clerk, Walt(Tim Streeter), and Johnny(Doug Cooeyate), who is new in town from Mexico. Walt is instantly smitten with the newcomer. So, with the help of a friend, Betty(Nyla McCarthy), Walt locates the subject of his passion, but instead ends up in bed with Johnny's pal, Roberto(Ray Monge).[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]All of these characters are simply using Portland, Oregon as a way station, with their eyes on the road constantly, even in an arcade. Occasionally, the guys hit the road briefly for a day-trip to the Pacific Ocean. This inertia is not driven by wanderlust, but by economics. For example, Betty mentions an offer to dance nude in Alaska for a good deal of money, otherwise she might not even consider it.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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