Trouble in Mind is a stylish urban melodrama instantly recognizable as an Alan Rudolph picture. It is peopled by a strange collection of off-center characters living in a stylish, almost-real location.
Set in RainCity, action could be taking place in the 1950s, 1980s or 1990s, so stylized is the production design. The good people of RainCity are like a microcosm of the larger world seen through the lens of 1940s gangster pictures with several other influences thrown in for good measure.
At the core of the film is a not-so-classic romantic triangle involving Hawk (Kris Kristofferson), Georgia (Lori Singer) and her boyfriend, Coop (Keith Carradine).
Center of this emotional landscape is Wanda’s cafe, owned and operated by Wanda (Genevieve Bujold), a former lover of Hawk’s and the woman for whom he committed a murder.
Rudolph stirs all the ingredients around – love, crime, friendship, responsibility – and ties them together with a charged score by Mark Isham.