Sight and Sound - 02/01/2008
"Shot in high-contrast black and white and scored to gentle Tex-Mex acoustic ballads, this is an empathetic piercing movie..."
Total Film - 05/01/2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "The gorgeous, dreamy misfits of Gus Van Sant's MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO could just as easily have sprung from his low-budget debut..."
Shot on a shoestring in 1985, this gently paced debut from Gus Van Sant (DRUGSTORE COWBOY) follows liquor-store cashier, Walt (Tim Streeter), in his one-sided affection for Johnny, a Mexican day laborer. Filmed in grainy black and white, MALA NOCHE (Spanish for "bad night") arranges itself into a series of poetic, and often heartbreaking, vignettes around Portland's skid row, as Walt pursues his reluctant obsession.