River’s Edge

Film - Feature | December 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the age of Reagan, to “just say no” meant to relinquish that minute, but powerful act of just saying yes. At least this seemed true for a generation of teenagers whose only expression of power came from consuming taboo experience in a world of dead nerve-endings. Director Tim Hunter draws on the true story of a sixteen-year-old Milpitas student who strangles his fourteen-year-old girlfriend, taking us inside a morbid brat pack whose members include Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, and Ione Skye. Dennis Hopper brings a kind of psycho ethic to the film, asking the young killer, “But did you love her, man?”

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