Siesta (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Siesta (1987)




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Sky diver Clare (Ellen Barkin) wakes up disheveled and almost naked in Spain. She has left her husband Del (Martin Sheen) in Death Valley in order to find her former lover Augustine (Gabriel Byrne). She may have committed a murder, or it may all be fantasy. This film, directed by Mary Lambert is odd, confusing and sometimes downright laughable, full of preposterous plot twists and ridiculous symbolism. The plot makes little sense, and Lambert, while showing great visual style, has little concern for character or plot. It is never clear whether the mysterious visions that Claire experiences are memories or simply plot devices, and Clare's continued pursuit by a taxi driver with rusty teeth who keeps trying to rape her is ludicrous. Good performances by Barkin and Byrne, and a nice musical score by Miles Davis do nothing to save this pretentious, silly film.


Gabriel Byrne
as Augustine
Grace Jones
as Conchita
Gary Cady
as Roger
Daniel Martin
as Beaten Spaniard
Francisco Brana
as Park Policeman
José Lopez
as Bartender
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The film is finally overwhelmed by its own ambition, not to mention one too many gimmicks in its plot, but it goes down swinging.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Like a nightmare, it's the surreal feeling of the movie that stays with you. Unfortunately it is also like a nightmare in that there's little of the movie you care to remember.

October 9, 2016 | Full Review…

It's so, what's the word? That's right: Zzzzzzz...

November 14, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

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