Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue ★★★★

A gritty and unforgiving cautionary tale of absentee parenting, directed by the late/great Dennis Hopper [who also plays the father of the main character], Out of the Blue is certainly a shock to the system. The uncompromising performance by Linda Manz [who was 17 years old at the time of filming] is nothing short of astonishing. It is focused and brazen, a character embodiment filled with equal parts bravado and youthful curiosity. And Hopper himself has at least two scenes that would rank among the most powerful stuff he's done as an actor, and that is saying something considering his body of work. Bleak and unflinching, this is an austere glimpse at a young girl desperate for a purpose and searching for meaning, drowning in a blackhole town as she watches it crumble around her. The final 10 minutes will stay with you long after the credits have finished rolling. Mandatory viewing for cinephiles everywhere.

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