Real life in New Mexico doesn’t live up to Alice’s expectations, and when her husband unexpectedly dies she sets out with her 11-year-old son for her childhood home in Monterey, along the way encountering Harvey Keitel as a philandering charmer, Jodie Foster as a precocious little girl, Diane Ladd as a foul-mouthed waitress and Kris Kristofferson as a divorced farmer.
With Ellen Burstyn in her Oscar-winning performance as Alice to guide our way, the film is revealed as a Sirk-like romantic melodrama, a many-layered exploration of the life of a woman whose search for love and companionship takes her, and us, to some unexpected destinations.
Presented in association with the Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
28 May - 5 Jun
The contrast between this film and Mean Streets could hardly be greater - from the asphalt jungle of New York to rural America and from a story about men to a story about a woman. This is on the surface one of the director’s less personal films, but from the opening sequence, with 35-year-old Alice daydreaming of happiness ‘over the rainbow’, both cinematic and personal references appear.