First Love, Last Rites (1997)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Aug 7, 1998 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Jesse Peretz made his directorial debut with this intimate romantic drama adapted from a short story by Ian McEwan, switching McEwan's setting from an industrial English seaside town to the Louisiana bayou. Joey (Giovanni Ribisi) and Sissel (Natasha Gregson Wagner) live in a drab house on stilts, along with Sissel's lonely younger brother Adrian (Eli Marienthal). After Sissel introduces Joey to her father, Vietnam-vet Henry (Robert John Burke), the two men form a business catching eels. However, mistrust, anxieties, and arguments threaten the love Joey and Sissel share, and they begin to drift apart. Shown at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival.

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brother, father, lover, relationship, eel