Last Days

Synopsis: Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning he returns to his house, an elegant, if neglected, stone mansion. Many people are looking for Blake--his friends, his managers and record label, even a private detective--but he does not want to be found. In the haze of his final hours, Blake will spend most his time by himself. He avoids the people who are living in his house, who approach him only when they want something, be it money or help with a song. He hides from one concerned friend and turns away another. He visits politely with a stranger from the Yellow Pages sales department, and he ducks into an underground rock club. He wanders through the woods and he plays a new song, one last rock and roll blowout. Finally, alone in the gr
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Gus Van Sant
Production: Picture House
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

The only reason we...


that it was even--

that she-- that it was

even mentioned

in the-- in the first place

is really-- it wasn't for us,

you know,

like that she--

big f***ing favor.

This f***ing...


'Cause I'm afraid...

You can't do anything.

You can't do anything.

I can't.

I don't know what I'm--

God, it's just--

I don't know.

Just a--

I just--

"The gun is

in the bedroom closet."


Mmm. I do, I do.

I do, I do.



Hey, Blake.

Hey, did you

get my messages?


Okay, I got everybody

here with me right now.

I got Trip here,

everybody's here.

- Blakey, Trip here.

- What's going on at the house anyway?

Who's all over there?

What do you guys do all the time?

I mean, I call, I call, I call.

I finally get through to you

and now you're not

even talking to me.

Dude, I know

you're on the phone.

Anyway, so this tour is like--

this hasn't been easy, man.

- Don has been working his ass off...

- Don rocks, man!

...beating up promoters in Europe

trying to get the money that you want.

We all want to get on this,

trying to make it all work.

So if you need to go hide out

at the clinic, you can.

Whatever you need.

Let's just get this going, man.

Are you gonna play the tour?

That's what I need to know.

I'm assuming you're gonna play it.

We're ready.

Everybody here has

been working on it.

It's only 86 days,

so, it should go

pretty fast.

I mean, I thought this is

what you wanted, man.

Isn't this what you wanted?

It's gonna be a shame, dude,

if you don't

make these dates.

We're gonna have pissed off agents.

I'm gonna get yelled at.

Everybody's gonna--

the world's gonna fall apart on this.

You've gotta

play the days--


- There's somebody here.

- Who is it?

It's Blake. can.


How are you, sir?

Thaddeus Thomas from Yellow Pages.

Who are you?

Thaddeus Thomas

from the Yellow Pages.

- Mmm.

- I just wanna make sure you're

represented in the book

which will be coming out shortly.

Hi. So how's

your day so far?

Mmm... pretty--

pretty good.

Not-- not--

not, uh,

you know--

another day.


Thaddeus Thomas again.

Your name again?

- Blake.

- Blake? Nice meeting you, Blake.

- Nice to meet you.

- Okay, great.

Well, we have some

great opportunities here for you

in the Yellow Pages.

And what

I would like to do

is just ask a couple of questions

about your business

and find out a little bit about

what your business needs are,

so that this will enable me

to build an effective ad

for the upcoming edition

of the Yellow Pages, okay?

Um, yeah.

Okay, great.

So, last year

you had--

you ran an ad and--

I ran an ad

last year?

Yeah, you ran

an ad last year.

This is for-- you had a--

this is the locomotive shop,

- and you were selling parts for--

- Oh yes yes.

Right. And the ad

was successful?

Did you get a lot of replies

from that ad or--

I didn't, um--


I think it was--

I think it was successful.

- Okay.

- I mean, it's kinda-- it's kinda like--

- 'cause it, you know--

- Mm-hm.

Success is subjective,

you know?

- Right.

- It's not--

- Absolutely.

- It could be an opinion.

Mm-hm, but in terms

of people.

Obviously, you obtained

a lot of new customers

- as a result...

- Mm-hm.

...and sold a lot

of parts as well?

Yeah, we--


we sold quite

a lot that year.

That's great,

that's great.

So what we're

going to do here is

- simply continue that process.

- Mm-hm.

So my next question

would be

do you plan

to open up another store,

another shop,

a different location?

Well, what do you plan

to do business-wise?

Well, actually...

I mean, we're just

sort of playing it by ear.

- We didn't really have any--

- Mm-hm.

--Except, you know,

thoughts about

opening other...

- Mm-hm.

- ...shops.

- Right right.

- Yeah.

Okay, so,

about employees--

you might hire

more employees?

Do you plan to expand

your business in any way?

- Okay?

- Yeah, dude.

- Just bugs.

- Okay, all right.

So based

on my records, Blake,

you are the sole

proprietor here.

You don't have

a partner, correct?

No, I don't have

any partners.

Okay, all right.

All right.

Well, I'm happy to hear that your ad

has been working successfully

and we're going to be

running the same ad...

one more time.


You should achieve the same level

of success as well.

And the town of North Port

is exploding with business

and a lot of people are moving in

from around the country

because of the beauty--

you okay?

You're okay-- for the beauty

and elegance of the city

and it's a very good place

to do business

and you'll be the benefactor

of that, right?

So what I would

like to do is

set up another meeting

with you, okay?

I just want to go

over some options

for different programs

that we have...

in the directory,


So for right now,

what I'm going to do

is leave my business card

with you, all right?

And I'll be coming back

on Tuesday at 1:

- Is that time good for you?

- Mm-hm.

Okay, so I want you

to hold onto this for right now

and I'll be here

at 1:

next Tuesday,

and at that point

I'll have a copy

of your ad

and I'll discuss

some additional programs

that I feel that you would

benefit from, okay?

Okay, very good.

All right, so it's been a pleasure, Blake,

meeting you,

and I hope to see you again

very soon, okay?

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Gus Van Sant

Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and more mainstream filmmaker. more…

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