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Maverick American independent filmmaker Nina Menkes' film was inspired by the true story of a young U.S. Marine, just back from the Gulf War, who was arrested while digging a grave in the middle of the Mojave Desert for his pregnant wife, whose bloodied, lifeless body lay in the backseat of his car. Menkes turns the mundane realism of the Marine's arrest into a haunting, hallucinatory journey, a jagged look back at the nature of violence. The filmmaker's sister and collaborator, Tinka Menkes, portrays a marine captain; all other cast members are actual Desert Storm veterans. "Fascinating and mysterious" (Cahiers du Cinema). An Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

Nina Menkes---USA---1996---85 mins.