Trouble in Mind

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.

With:
Kris Kristofferson Keith Carradine Lori Singer Genevieve Bujold Joe Morton Divine

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.

Trouble in Mind

Production: Island Alive. Director Alan Rudolph; Producer Carolyn Pfeiffer, David Blocker; Screenplay Alan Rudolph; Camera Toyomichi Kurita; Editor Tom Walls; Music Mark Isham; Art Director Steven Legler

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 111 MIN.

With: Kris Kristofferson Keith Carradine Lori Singer Genevieve Bujold Joe Morton Divine

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