ASK THE DUST
Not Worth Asking
Release Date: March 10, 2006
Runtime: 115 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Classics
Director: Robert Towne
Writer: Robert Towne
Address Comments To:David Dinerstein and Ruth Vitale
A Division of Paramount Pictures
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The story follows a struggling Italian writer, Arturo Bandini (Farrell), and his experiences in Depression-era Los Angeles. He lives in a hotel of which he cannot afford the rent and does what he can just to find food. His “neighbor” for the next room, Hellfrick (Donald Sutherland), is also washed up and out of work. He’s a drunk, involved in homosexuality, and begs money from and encourages Arturo to steal.
Camilla (Hayek) is a waitress at a local diner where Arturo drops in one night. Their relationship begins with Arturo being very chauvinistic and cruel towards her, but then quickly turns to romance and sex, which stays at the center of their relationship.
Camilla temporarily leaves Arturo and back to the bed of a past boyfriend. The overall feeling of the movie is depressing and sad, but there is a slightly positive ending.
ASK THE DUST's whole theme and setting of the movie, L.A. during the Depression, is very dark. There are no uplifting or redeeming values. Alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined with full nudity and graphic sex make it very family UN-friendly and adults should be also be greatly warned. There are no Christian themes or worldviews but also nothing blatantly anti-Christian, except for the characters' depicted lifestyles. The hope of man finding truth from God and the life changing experience of knowing Jesus Christ are totally ignored. The movie left would leave anyone without Christ feeling hopeless and lost. The main message is man’s dependence on himself and aspiring for personal gain over relationships or concern for others.
ASK THE DUST's theme and setting, L.A. during the Depression, is dark. There are no uplifting or redeeming values. Alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined with full nudity and graphic sex make it family UN-friendly and adults should be also be greatly warned. There are no Christian themes or worldviews but also nothing blatantly anti-Christian, except for the characters' lifestyles.