Teenage Rampage Series: Out of the Blue
Teen Rampage: Juvenile Delinquents on Film
A series curated and hosted by Kier-La Janisse
Saturday, January 16th
Dennis Hooper’s Out of the Blue
DJ Travis Cole at 3:30pm
Screening at 4pm
Aqua Books – 274 Garry St.
Dennis Hopper has spoken openly about his substance abuse problems, and many regard his survival as miraculous, since throughout the 1960s and 1970s he seemed to be competing for a gold medal in the pharmaceutical Olympics. In this intense, improvisational film, Hopper’s first directorial effort in 11 years, he lays out the consequences of such behavior–in particular, its devastating effect on children. Starring Linda Manz as punkish teenager Cebe Barnes, the film follows her anomic life wandering the streets of Vancouver, occasionally showing up at school and generally evincing a serious attitude problem. She eventually gets picked up by the police and is questioned by the kindly Dr. Brean (Raymond Burr). But her angst isn’t without justification. Her alcoholic father, Don (Hopper), has just been released from prison after serving a five-year hitch for having killed some children by crashing his semi into a school bus. Her waitress mother, Kathy (Sharon Farrell), is a junkie who’s sleeping with both her boss and Don’s best friend, Charlie (Don Gordon). The girl hopes that her parents’ reunion will bring some kind of order to all of their lives. The film is a fascinating slice of dysfunctional life, including a couple of memorably disturbing scenes. Manz and Hopper are excellent, and the film includes some lovely shots of Vancouver.