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Last Days (2005)

R | | Drama, Music | 13 May 2005 (France)
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A Seattle musician's life and career are reminiscent to those of Kurt Cobain.

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Writer:

Gus Van Sant
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Pitt ... Blake
Lukas Haas ... Luke
Asia Argento ... Asia
Scott Patrick Green Scott Patrick Green ... Scott (as Scott Green)
Nicole Vicius ... Nicole
Ricky Jay ... Detective
Ryan Orion Ryan Orion ... Donovan
Harmony Korine ... Guy in Club
Rodrigo Lopresti ... Band in Club (as The Hermitt)
Kim Gordon ... Record Executive
Adam Friberg Adam Friberg ... Elder Friberg #1
Andy Friberg Andy Friberg ... Elder Friberg #2
Thadeus A. Thomas ... Yellow Book Salesman
Chip Marks Chip Marks ... Tree Trimmer
Kurt Loder ... TV Voiceover (voice)
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Storyline

Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning he returns to his house, an elegant, if neglected, stone mansion. Many people are looking for Blake--his friends, his managers and record label, even a private detective--but he does not want to be found. In the haze of his final hours, Blake will spend most his time by himself. He avoids the people who are living in his house, who approach him only when they want something, be it money or help with a song. He hides from one concerned friend and turns away another. He visits politely with a stranger from the Yellow Pages sales department, and he ducks into an underground rock club. He wanders through the woods and he plays a new song, one last rock and roll blowout. Finally, alone in the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rock and roll will never die.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Days - Últimos Dias See more »

Filming Locations:

Garrison, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,556, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$463,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,456,454
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

While the character of Blake is a thinly-veiled analogue of Kurt Cobain, both director Gus Van Sant and actress Asia Argento deny that her character is based on Courtney Love, Cobain's widow. Van Sant and Love are friends in real life, and he expressly avoided any reference to Love in the film, as he considers Cobain's suicide too painful a matter to confront for Love and the rest of Cobain's family to base a film around. Argento also cites the frequent demonization of Love by Cobain's fans as a reason to leave her character out of the film, as the widow has already suffered too much criticism surrounding the death of her husband. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film Blake plays guitar both left handed and right handed. (Kurt Cobain - on whom Blake is reportedly based - played left handed.) See more »

Quotes

Blake: You know, it's kinda like... Success is subjective, you know. It could be an opinion.
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Referenced in The Long Dolly Shot (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

La Guerre
Written by Clément Jannequin (as Janequin)
Recorded by The King's Singers
Courtesy of BBC Worldwide
By Arrangement with BBC Music
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Brilliant and moving - give it a chance...
9 May 2006 | by pinkytSee all my reviews

I'm here to defend this brilliant film from those who have labelled it a bad watch. It's true that last Days isn't a film for everyone, nirvana fans are best to stay well away as the sight of their icon in a dress might send a shiver down their spines, but those who are willing to simply be with the character of Blake, body and mind, for 90 mins are in for something special. I've never been a big fan of Gus Van Sant's and this looked like his most pretentious project yet, but beyond the events the films based on and all the conspiracy theories that come with it Van Sant has chosen to just tell a story of a lonely isolated man. As Blake, Michael Pitt is fantastic, with little or nothing to say he has to rely on his mannerisms and facial expressions throughout most of the film and he does so with ease and brilliance. The stand out moment has to be 'Death To Birth'. Pitt's great song fits so well into the film you would think he wrote it about Cobain, (and he probably did) it's a scene you'll wanna watch over and you'll find yourself singing the song when the movie's finished. So not for everyone but a spiritual journey none the less, make sure it's late and your alone, put it on, you know your right.


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