PRINT January 1993


ALAN RUDOLPH'S TERRAIN is the shadowland of the psyche, the place where our pathologies find a home—where our obsessions, paranoias, fears, and fetishes ferment and fertilize one another. On the surface, Rudolph's movies can look like simple melodramas, but the story lines are merely the skeletons on which the flesh of his movies hangs—supports for the primary drama, which is played out between the characters and within them. Whether the subject matter is urban disaffection, love and marriage, or an act of revenge, the main event is the inner turmoil through which his characters pass.

On one level, Choose Me—certainly Rudolph’s best-known and arguably his best film—is a sexy urban fable in which the lives of a group of strangers collide and intertwine in a big city bar. Mickey (Keith Carradine), who has just escaped from a mental institution, drifts into town and acts as a catalyst on

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