It’s an independent film, it’s currently shooting in New York, and it’s one of those that might not see distribution, but obviously something in it spoke to him, and at this point, he really only has to work when he wants to, so here’s Keanu Reeves on set today, looking better and less lonely than he has recently, eating a cupcake, and still, though weathered and damaged, still so hauntingly beautiful.
What’s Generation Um? A brief description:
“A day in the life of Reeves’ character and his two cohorts as they live life on the fringe, immersed in sex, drugs and indecision. As they navigate their daily routine of bars and crowds, they embark on a path of self-discovery.”
Not exactly the most original story. But then again, it’s not like Hollywood doesn’t repeat itself. And this y imagining could offer something different.
Now I just want to watch My Own Private Idaho. Again. I know it’s not the same, but the element of being adrift and aimless, and constantly looking for something you think might make you whole, it’s a similar thread between the two, and it’s the now iconic presentation of that theme by Gus Van Sant that has made the film a masterpiece. I loved it then, and I loved it even more after I started working at Covenant House. I have the Criterion Collection and if you haven’t seen it, this is the version I recommend, particularly if you are/were a fan of River Phoenix. Two River Phoenix references in one day. Is that good or bad?
Photos from Bauergriffinonline.com and Splashnewsonline.com