The marriage of unsuccessful actor Harry and erstwhile showgirl Buffy has almost hit rock bottom. But only almost! A trip to the desert they call their Second Honeymoon is supposed to patch things up. When they find themselves with serious car trouble in the middle of nowhere, a young man called Boy appears, seemingly out of nowhere. Boy, now, has troubles of his own: since his wife died of radiation poisoning (their house stood too close to an atomic bomb test site), he’s been out here in the scalding heat, feeling mad at the world and carving magical Hopi dolls. But when he lays eyes on Buffy, life suddenly looks brighter again.
Probably the most famous ruined movie of recent years: production was stopped after River Phoenix's unexpected death on set; some two decades later, Dutch grandmaster George Sluizer found a way to finish this fine essay in sunburned noir.