Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Set in seedy Rain City in some vaguely ominous future, Trouble in Mind follows Hawk (Kris Kristofferson), an ex-cop and ex-con who spent eight years in the slammer for killing a man he calls “evil itself.” Released from prison, Hawk returns to the brightly lit cafe of his worldly-wise former lover Wanda (Geneviève Bujold), a place where the down-and-out rub shoulders with the young and innocent. There he spots the lovely Georgia (Lori, who was nominated for an Independent Spirit Best Actress Award for her fabulous performance here), innocence incarnate. Unfortunately, she’s the wife of Coop (MIFF Mid-Life Award honoree Keith Carradine), a country boy corrupted by the big city. Director Alan Rudolph calls Trouble in Mind “cross pollinated.” He notes, “On one level it’s a traditional suspense story with the hard-boiled guy and the beautiful young woman. Then there’s the absolute fable aspect—the side that’s reality as we recognize it, distorted into a more bizarre version.” Outrageous, audacious and endearing, the film is also notable for the final screen appearance of John Waters’ star Divine (in his first male role!) as a sartorially splendid villain. The glistening neo-noir world captured by Toyomichi Kurita’s camera pulsates with Mark Isham’s urban jazz score and the raw romanticism of Marianne Faithfull’s songs. Shown in an original 35mm print!

Additional Information

U.S.A. 1985 – 35mm – 111 Minutes

Director, Screenplay: Alan Rudolph

Producers: Carolyn Pfeiffer, David Blocker

Cast: Lori Singer, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine, Geneviève Bujold, Divine

Print Courtesy: David Blocker