maggie’s review published on Letterboxd:
Elephant, My Own Private Idaho and To Die For, three uniquely American films in all their shared mediocrity and griminess, injustice, unhappiness and hopelessness. Kentucky boy Gus van Sant is an inexplicably American filmmaker: cynical, disparaging, romantically bleak. A man without a home he trusts, a place to call a home without feeling that twinge of guilt or imposter syndrome for taking the place of someone who cares. A patriot of selfishly unexceptional Americans.