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First Love, Last Rites (1998)

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Jesse Peretz made his directorial debut with this intimate romantic drama adapted from a short story by Ian McEwan, switching McEwan's setting from an industrial English seaside town to the Louisiana bayou. Joey (Giovanni Ribisi) and Sissel (Natasha Gregson Wagner) live in a drab house on stilts, along with Sissel's lonely younger brother Adrian (Eli Marienthal). After Sissel introduces Joey to her father, Vietnam-vet Henry (Robert John Burke), the two men form a business catching eels. However, mistrust, anxieties, and arguments threaten the love Joey and Sissel share, and they begin to drift apart. Shown at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival.
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R (adult situations/language, sex)
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Drama
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Critic Reviews for First Love, Last Rites

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Jesse Peretz's feature directing debut is a dull portrait of an idyllic first love between two misfits.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Doesn't seem destined for box office success, but it's an impressive first film, and one I found myself thinking about for days afterward.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Watching the film is an experience more akin to being trapped in a dying relationship: lifeless, painful and unbearably dull.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for First Love, Last Rites

½

This is a strange movie. The young stars spend a lot of time at home being bored, then they have sex, get bored again, listen to a phonograph, have sex, get bored again, talk, talk and talk. Natasha Gregson Wagner looks and sounds so much like her mother sometimes it is eerie. Slow moving, I think it was meant to be that way, perhaps to get the feeling of swampy Louisiana. Wagner's character is very unappealing, and it really hurts the film, but I liked her performance. Offbeat, and it sure doesn't make you feel warm all over.There didn't seem to be much point to the film.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

50/100. This is a strange movie. The young stars spend a lot of time at home being bored, then they have sex, get bored again, listen to a phonograph, have sex, get bored again, talk, talk and talk. Natasha Gregson Wagner looks and sounds so much like her mother sometimes it is eerie. Slow moving, I think it was meant to be that way, perhaps to get the feeling of swampy Louisiana. Wagner's character is very unappealing, and it really hurts the film, but I liked her performance. Offbeat, and it sure doesn't make you feel warm all over.There didn't seem to be much point to the film.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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