First Love, Last Rites (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

First Love, Last Rites (1998)




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Jesse Peretz made his directorial debut with this intimate romantic drama adapted from a short story by Ian McEwan, switching McEwan's setting from an industrial English seaside town to the Louisiana bayou. Joey (Giovanni Ribisi) and Sissel (Natasha Gregson Wagner) live in a drab house on stilts, along with Sissel's lonely younger brother Adrian (Eli Marienthal). After Sissel introduces Joey to her father, Vietnam-vet Henry (Robert John Burke), the two men form a business catching eels. However, mistrust, anxieties, and arguments threaten the love Joey and Sissel share, and they begin to drift apart. Shown at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for First Love, Last Rites

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Jesse Peretz's feature directing debut is a dull portrait of an idyllic first love between two misfits.

August 16, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Doesn't seem destined for box office success, but it's an impressive first film, and one I found myself thinking about for days afterward.

May 26, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Watching the film is an experience more akin to being trapped in a dying relationship: lifeless, painful and unbearably dull.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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