By: Oberst Von Berauscht (A Toast) –
Kit (Martin Sheen) is a slacker of a garbage collector, who meets young Holly (Sissy Spacek) on his last day of work before being fired. The two quickly fall for each other, although her father (Warren Oates) disapproves. One day, Kit murders Holly’s father in front of her, and she reacts like any well-adjusted teenage girl would, by following him across country, murdering people along the way.
“True love is living out of cars with a spree killer who smells of B.O.”- No woman ever
Director Terence Malick’s debut feature is also his most concise, coherent film. Going forward, Malick films would become increasingly dependent on stylistic exercise, and less interested in telling a story. Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek depict a young romance in all its Naiveté. Holly is too young to understand her feelings, and is so wrapped up on the fantasy of being in love, she never really seems to consider the ramifications. Holly serves as the film’s narrator, and serves as an often disturbing contrast with the reality of the situation. Even as Kit’s crimes become more and more brutal, she always has an excuse for it, looking on everything Kit does with wide eyes of a child.
Or a crazy person… really.
The film boasts a fantastic score, with Gassenhauer by Carl Orff serving as the dominant theme. (This unique classical piece was later adapted by Hans Zimmer and re-used for the score to True Romance.) And the visuals are magnificent, shot mostly in Colorado and Wyoming in place of the stated locations of South Dakota and Montana. Wide-open views of the plains, and weather-beaten towns serving as the setting for most of the film’s events. Occasionally, a mountain can be seen in the distance, representing the goals that Holly and Kit are trying to reach, but without ever getting close, no matter how hard they try.
Yeah… kind of like that…
A strange journey into the world of romance and sociopathy.
Take a Drink: for the body count
Take a Drink: for philosophical voiceover
Do a Shot: for every shot of someone staring/walking off into the distant plains…