Her Name is Lisa
Director: Rachid Kerdouche
Screenwriters: Ron Gott
Her Name is Lisa may turn out to be one of the real cinematic discoveries at this yearâ€™s festival. Funded in large part by director Rachid Kerdoucheâ€™s earnings from employment as a wine steward in a New York City restaurant, the film is a story of unrequited love.
Hargus Beesley (Bill Rice), and older yet acutely naive Vermont farmer, embarks upon a voyage to a strange world, New York City, in pursuit of Lisa (Lisa Wujnovich), a punkish free-spirited country girl from his past who has left him for the big city and the hope of a new life.
Hargus is befriended by a hip native of the city, Julius Marlboro (played to comedic perfection by Rockets Redglare). Together this unlikely pair encounter a variety of strange adventures and people during their relentless quest. Driven by his obsessive dreams of reunion, Hargus is blindly lured into a trap from which there is no escape.
This is a grainy, tense and ominous homage to some of the great directors; a sophisticated film that augments a sense of foreboding with some moments of absolute hilarity. It is an original that would become a low-budget cult classic.
- Dramatic Feature
- 1987, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 82 min.