Bombay Beach

Synopsis: Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea, a man-made sea stranded in the middle of the Colorado desert that was once a beautiful vacation destination for the privileged and is now a pool of dead fish. Film director Alma Har'el tells the story of three protagonists. The trials of Benny Parrish, a young boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder whose troubled soul and vivid imagination create both suffering and joy for him and his complex and loving family. The story of CeeJay Thompson, a black teenager and aspiring football player who has taken refuge in Bombay Beach hoping to avoid the same fate of his cousin who was murdered by a gang of youths in Los Angeles; and that of Red, an ancient survivor, once an oil field worker, living on the fumes of whiskey, cigarettes and an irrepressible love of life. Together these portraits form a triptych of manhood in its various ages and guises, in a gently hypnotic style that questions
Director(s): Alma Har'el
Production: Focus World
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

The American West is big.

You'd think there was plenty of

room here, wouldn't you,

for all who needed room?

But people began finding

conditions too crowded

and they spread out.

For this is the story of the

"miracle sea in the desert,"

the Salton Sea.

385 square miles of water,

formed by accident

back in 1905,

when the Colorado River

ran wild over manmade dikes.

A sea in the desert, with its

white sandy beaches, it's--

The Salton Sea,

the new recreational capital

of the world.

The future is now.

And you-- you have been present

at the birth of a city.

Love is a combination

of several things:

trust, caring, honesty--

which honesty

is the biggest thing.

And I'll just bet

my bottom dollar,

it was beautiful to you

to see your dad give your mom

a hug and a kiss.

If you see love

between your parents,

even if it's just once

in awhile,

that would

install love in you.

If you don't, you're gonna be

a long, lonesome dude

in a far away place.

The desert

is very unforgiving.

It has no mercy on anybody

or anyone.

To live on it, you have to

improvise in order to survive.


Where's the dead bird?

Right there.

Look inside this,

while he's right here.


Listen, you want

a piece of gum?

Sarah, will you pass me

my chips?

I really love those.




We're gonna have to

climb over here.

You were grounded

for one week for throwing rocks

at another child.

You were fighting on the bus

and you threw a rock

at another child today.

Remember that?

And you hit her in the head

and made her bleed?

- boy:
Was it her?

- woman:

I thought that was William

'cause his head was bleeding.

There was more than one.

There was three,


- I know what this is for.

- What?

Because this is

for the cut.

This thing is for cookies.

- Yeah.

- And the white ones.

This one is to--

it's Ritalin.

What this one does--

Is you know when you

run around a lot,

and you can't stop moving,

and you're very hyper?

This is supposed to make you

where you don't do that.

- Calms you down.

- Is that new, Mom?

No, that's not new.

He's been taking that for

almost two years.

And this one,

Resveratrol, is for--


No, you're not crazy,


Don't ever think

you're crazy, okay?

Happy Birthday,

dear Benny...

Make a wish!


what'd you wish for?

I wished for Mom and Dad

to love me all year long.

Bubbles, woo-hoo!

- Are you ready?

- Yeah.

- Are you ready?

- No.


Let's get it on!

Bring it, bring it!

- Bring it!

- woman:
Okay, you ready?


I left home

when I was 13.

My father told me,

many years ago,

"The harder you work,

the richer you will die."

"Is richness what you have

learned, by experience,

or the amount of dollars

you can get in the bank?"

Around a lot of the places in

the Southwest part

of the country here,

the state cannot tax

the Indian reservation

for the cigarettes.

So they sell 'em a little


So if you buy them there,

you can bootleg a few of them

and make a few pennies profit.

Well, you might say,

well, that's illegal.

You'd have to figure out a way,

at your golden age,

to support yourself,

at least partially.

Where's your master, huh?

Hey, Justin?

Do you know where Jerry is?

No, I don't.

Like I said, I haven't

seen him since Wednesday.

Well, that'll be the last

fucking bill he gets on me.

I got a damned near $300

phone bill this month.

The desert has

a lot of poor people.

For different reasons,

they are poor.

They wanna bum a cigarette.

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