To Die For

  • 106'
  • USA
  • 1995
Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman), a young woman from a small town, wants to realise her dream at whatever cost: to become a famous TV personality. She is dissatisfied with her marriage to Larry (a role by Matt Dillon) and embarks on her great career plans by worming her way into a job at the local TV station. She decides to make a documentary about young people with the aid of three children who don't have many hopes for the future. She develops a powerful and dangerous bond with Jimmy, Russell and Lydia. In the end, things get so out of hand that the allegedly idyllic life in the outer suburbs becomes a nightmare when her ambition turns into an obsession. In this black comedy we see America through the eyes of a woman driven by blind ambition as she drowns in her weird view of reality. It is the first relatively well-budgeted film by the idiosyncratic American director Gus van Sant (Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho), who did not write his own script on this occasion.
Director
Gus Van Sant
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1995
Festival Edition
IFFR 1996
Length
106'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producer
Laura Ziskin
Sales
Twentieth Century Fox International
Editor
Curtiss Clayton
Cast
Casey Affleck, Alison Folland, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix
Local Distributor
Universal Pictures Benelux