Once a promising young musician from an affluent family, a middle-aged man’s life has sunk into obscurity – spending his days as a blue-collar oil rig worker and nights in between sleazy bars and cheap motel rooms. A classic American film, preserved in the Library of Congress since 2000.
Well received upon release and with a deserved cult status ever since. Slowly-building drama that ultimately poses many questions about modern-day existence, the role of the artist and the dynamics of family.
Great significance is also given to a classical piano soundtrack – of five easy pieces by Chopin, Bach and Mozart. The smooth direction is overshadowed only by the outstanding performance of Jack Nicholson.