The Bed You Sleep In

Director: Jon Jost
Screenwriters: Jon Jost

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


The Bed You Sleep In is a beautifully structured, exquisitely photographed portrait of small-town America and the kind of malaise which affects It in the rough-and-tumble nineties. The final film in a trilogy featuring Tom Blair, it is set in a small lumber town in Oregon.

Ray finds that his livelihood is threatened by economic changes which he neither understands nor knows how to combat But director Jon Jost is not really Interested in the "big" issue. Rather, this is the backdrop against which he weaves an intimate, revealing and finally devastating portrait of family life, As in the other two films of the trilogy, this final chapter focuses on a patriarchal figure whose presence haunts the film. While he can commune with nature, he has trouble communicating with those closest to him.

Jost is interested In mood and atmosphere, which provide a different set of insights than the drama and conflict inherent in the story. Perhaps purposefully ambiguous, the film nevertheless carries with him a profound critique it is also a rich aesthetic experience, beautiful to look at, full of discreet visual moments of wonder, a true celebration of a particular physical and psychological landscape,

Tuesday Jan 25 3:30 pm
Park City library Center

Friday Jan 28 10:00 am
Egyptian Theatre

Sunday Jan 30 4:00 pm
Park City library Center


— Piers Handling, Toronto Film Festival

Screening Details

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