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JESUS' SON

USA, 1999 (MIFF 2000, International Panorama)

Director: Alison Maclean

Filled with stinging humour and standout performances, Jesus' Son is a mixture of road movie and redemptive table set in the drug subculture of the 1970s. Based on Denis Johnson's acclaimed short stories, this is a film for anyone who embraced Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho.

FH (Billy Crudup) - short for Fuckhead - is a hazy-eyed young man who wants only to do good and believes he has the power to heal. Drifting through a life of petty crime and delinquency, he's trying to build a future with the drug-addicted Michelle. Gradually FH is changed by his experiences, as the off beat characters he encounters on his travels nudge him towards finding his own place in the world and achieving a kind of peace.

Laden with hallucinatory images and blessed with an exceptional ensemble cast (Holly Hunter, Dennis Hopper, Denis Leary), Jesus' Son is a touching saga of one man's idiosyncratic journey towards salvation.

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