movie: Bagdad Cafe
starring: CCH Pounder, Marianne Sagebrecht
genre: Drama, Comedy
format: Hollywood Suites Channel
plot: After a fight with her husband, a German tourist finds herself stranded at a small gas station in the middle of nowhere in the heart of the U.S.
The first few minutes made me think it was a rock video gone wrong. It had some awkwardly done flashes cut together, that were suppose to express dreams and memories. Then it started to feel like a stage play for another ten minutes or so as CCH Pounder had the bulk of the dialog.
It wasn't a bad movie, but it wasn't overly great either. I think because it took awhile to even out I started to loose interest by the hour mark.
You end up with a woman who accepts that she's stranded in an unfamiliar place, without any of her stuff, (she finds her husband has used her suitcase instead of his) and does her best to survive. Somehow, overcoming the social gaps enough to become part of the family. The two leads find themselves both having been left by their husbands, on the surface, as the Pounder character has no idea that her husband is hanging around the edges of the place spying on her through the whole film, and only the Sagebrecht character's husband is truly gone.
Okay, so here's what I don't get, the very beginning, the German husband arrives at the gas station ahead of her asking if anyone has seen her. At this point no one has, then when she arrives, no one bothers to tell her he's been looking for her, no one puts two and two together when they see men's clothes in her bag.
what did I learn? I'm not too sure on this one.