Delta

Delta

2.5 2
Director: Ira Sachs

Cast: Ira Sachs, Shayne Gray, Thang Chan, Rachel Zan Huss

     
 

Ira Sachs' drama The Delta comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director. This is a good release of aSee more details below

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Ira Sachs' drama The Delta comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director. This is a good release of a little-seen film from Steeplechase.In this dreamy, gay-themed indie, the debut from writer/director Ira Sachs, two young Southerners from very different backgrounds come together, move apart and continue on their separate paths -- with surprising results. Inarticulate, handsome Lincoln Bloom (Shayne Gray), son of an affluent Jewish family in Memphis, TN, cruises the gut looking for gay sex but also leads a second existence hanging out with his rowdy high-school friends, including Monica (Rachel Zan Huss), his dainty blond girlfriend. One night, Lincoln enjoys wordless sex with Ming Nguyen (Thang Chan), aka John, the immigrant son of an American G.I. and a Vietnamese woman. Another night, after an encounter with a businessman whose unusual predilections bewilder him, Lincoln meets John a second time in an adult bookstore. The slightly older man matter-of-factly convinces Lincoln to hang out with him; the two grab some beers and set out on the Mississippi in Lincoln's dad's boat. Along the way, John shares his life story and sense of frustration at not belonging in either his homeland or America; Lincoln isn't quite sure how to respond. After an entire day of hanging out together at various port towns along the river, the pair get in trouble with the police, resulting in a violent falling out. Lincoln returns to Memphis in his boat, looks up Monica, and faces his father's wrath. Meanwhile, John makes his way home as best he can, settles back into his routine as a disgruntled, sometimes ostracized layabout, and finally seeks out another sexual encounter -- one with a decidedly unexpected conclusion. Memphis native Sachs cast the semi-autobiographical The Delta with non-actors after trawling the pool halls and watering holes of his hometown for several months.

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it's lazily sensual, well-acted, and beautifully shot, the debut from writer/director Ira Sachs isn't an easy film to like. That's because The Delta asks a lot of its audience. It asks that you draw your own conclusions, connect the dots between disparate themes and plot threads, and reconcile an out-of-nowhere ending with all that's gone before. For audiences willing to do the work, however, the film is a revelation: a naturalistic, almost affectless examination of the tension between anonymous desire and human connection, and of the power of circumstance to alter seemingly unconnected lives. Lovely Lincoln Bloom, played with tender confusion by Shayne Gray, is a compelling protagonist precisely because he's so clueless about what he wants. Seemingly unaware of his own sexual desires, his place in the world, or the depths of his own manipulativeness, he dutifully navigates his genteel existence but breaks free in moments of wordless yearning. When one of Lincoln's furtive partners turns out to be an actual person, however, Lincoln is unable to cope with the other man's needs. Ming Nguyen -- who goes, in a nicely ironic bit of naming, by "John", the term for an anonymous sexual partner or a prostitute's client -- couldn't be more different from Lincoln. Biracial, an immigrant, and hard up for cash, he knows exactly what he wants: to be recognized, to be loved. Such a connection isn't in the cards with Lincoln, who retreats into the safety of his family and his girlfriend. From here, John becomes the focus of the film in a final reel that takes a sharp left turn and leaves the audience gaping. Ultimately, The Delta is about the chasm that separates us -- not just nationalities, races, or classes, but one individual from another. And from Benjamin P. Speth's fever-dream cinematography to Thang Chan's layered performance as Ming, the melancholy beauty of the film's message lingers long after the shock of its ending.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
UPC:
0712267971428
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Strand Home Video
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
69,811

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shayne Gray Lincoln Bloom
Thang Chan Ming Nguyen ("John")
Rachel Zan Huss Monica
Colonious Davis Ricky Little
Larry Reynolds Man in Park
Angelique Owens Donut Shop Clerk
Leigh Walden Cece Bloom
Gene Crain Sam Bloom
Charles Ingram Gary Bloom
Ron Gephart Ken Bloom
Kim Newman Denise Bloom
Polly Edelstein Debbie Bloom
Vanita Thomas Bernice
Randall Reinke Danny
Melissa A. Dunn Tina Clifton
Erin Grills Jacquie Clifton
Kate Davis Gloria Clifton
Alluring Strange Club Band
Mark Hyman Club Bouncer
Michael Locke Michael (Kid on Bike)
Robert Hathaway 2nd Kid on Bike
Lamar Sorrento Ted
Richard Daggett Pick-up Driver
Anthony Isbell Jerry (Man in Hotel)
Joseph 'Bama' Crumpton Joe
Patricia A. Gill Joe's Wife
Moses Peace Policeman
Nhan Van Dang Minh's Roommate
Thi Ho Bay Roommate's Mother
Hoang Pham Minh's Friend
Mai Ballard Pool Hall Owner

Technical Credits
Ira Sachs Director,Screenwriter
Bernhard Blythe Production Designer
Margot Bridger Producer
Nguyen Nguyet Cam Teleplay
Adam Feibelman Musical Direction/Supervision
Affonso Goncalves Editor
Loring McAlpin Associate Producer
Iddo Patt Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Rohatyn Songwriter
Benjamin P. Speth Cinematographer
Yin Lin Wong Art Director
Linda Wood Makeup
Laura Yamashita Production Manager

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