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Summary

By all accounts, director Michael Steinberg’s film adaptation is unsympathetic and unflattering, although it seems to be set in a particular time and place, which is clearly reflected. Michael Convertino’s score is great and by far the best aspect of the film, but the film itself is disappointing, unsatisfying and anticlimactic.

Plot:

An Arizona couple breaks up in a strange and unexpected way. Coincidentally, they both break up within 24 hours, leading to new developments and realizations in their own lives.

Review:

Nick (Tim Roth), recently laid off from his job as a TV salesman at a mall in Arizona, is full of passion and wanderlust. On his last day of work, he decides to steal the most expensive television in the store for fun, but he also decides on a whim to leave his girlfriend Beth (Bridget Fonda) to find meaning in his life, which leads him back to the house in the desert where he grew up. Meanwhile, Beth is stuck in the apartment, faced with the impossible task of packing up all of Nick’s and her belongings to move to Montana due to unpaid rent, and with Nick leaving her abruptly, she is confused, depressed and demoralized by her predicament. A stoner named Sid (Eric Stoltz), hired to paint his apartment before the new tenant moves in, shows up and instead of doing his job, he just hangs out with Beth and falls in love with her over the next few hours while she’s in the middle of a breakdown. When Beth’s best friend Carol (Phoebe Cates) comes to help her pack, the three spend hours smoking weed and chatting, until Beth decides to sell everything she owns at a flea market. When Nick returns from an unsatisfactory mission, he tries to repair his relationship with Beth, but she has already slept with Sid, and now everything is a mess.

Bodies, Rest and Movement, based on a 1985 play by Roger Hedden, seems to capture the mindset of Gen X, and it might as well be a post-millennial film, since the characters are largely ignorant and irresponsible and don’t really care about where fate takes them. Director Michael Steinberg’s film adaptation is an unsympathetic and unflattering film for all involved, although it seems to live in a particular time and place, which is clearly reflected. Michael Convertino’s score is great and by far the best aspect of the film, but the film itself is disappointing, unsatisfying and anticlimactic.

Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray release, Bodies, Rest & Motion, is a complete release, with a new 4K transfer, plus a 30-minute introduction from the director (which I watched and found fairly interesting), a new audio commentary from director Stoltz and Hedden, plus a new introduction from Hedden, a director’s featurette, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.

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