We have here four characters observed in depth through exceptional performances from both director and actors. It is rare to see three dimensional characters on screen these days. In the best tradition of theatre they are subjected to a threat: the city to which by their contradictory temperaments they are drawn. All else is background. Alan Rudolph the director uncovers their private pathways through a plot which brings them together for a fraught moment and then blows them apart.
Of the four, the central performance by Lori Singer is of a woman in danger, vulnerable to the other three who are wrapped in their own preoccupations. It all comes right in the end in a parable complete with the threat of corruption personified by Divine as a brilliant figure of evil. But Singer's role would make no sense without the formidable support of Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine and Genevieve Bujold.
Having collided and told us who they are, the four continue on along their private pathways. I replay this DVD now and then because as Harold Bloom the Shakespearian critic once said: "I am naive enough to read incessantly because I cannot, on my own, get to know enough people profoundly enough". And there is an eerie rendering of the title song by Marianne Faithfull.
Here is a rare opportunity to get to know the minds of four people you wouldn't expect to meet, and ponder the human condition.