"Last Days" is filmmaker Gus Van Sant's meditation on the inner turmoil that engulfs a brilliant, but troubled, musician in the final hours of his life.
Michael Pitt ("The Dreamers," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch") stars as Blake, an introspective artist who is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations, and a mounting feeling of isolation.
Expanding on the elliptical style forged in his two previous films, "Gerry" and the Palme d'Or-winning "Elephant," Van Sant layers images and sounds to articulate an emotional landscape, creating a dynamic work about a soul in transition.
Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods.
He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring, and undresses for a short swim.
The next morning, he returns to his house, an elegant, if neglected, stone mansion.
An insecure rock star's final moments before suicide are documented in this moving drama.
Blake is the lead singer in a successful band and has it all--fame, fortune, friends.
But these are the very things that lead to his self-doubt and anxiety, and he detaches himself from life, seeking refuge in the woods behind his home as his personal tragedy unfolds.
really based on Kurt's dying moments if Courtney Love is not suing? But the lead character of Gus Van Sant's Last Days is not "based on" but "inspired by" the late rock legend.
Many people are looking for Blake - his friends, his managers and record label, even a private detective - but he does not want to be found.