Jost's Sure Fire is another film deeply deconstructing rural america in an intimate and draining way. This film is not
nearly as impressive on an emotional level as 'The Bed You Sleep In', but I found it to be just as effective in it's analysis of fading, rural america. The character of Wes, a successful real estate agent in Utah, is really a perfect vessel for what
Jost wants to accomplish. Wes is a man blind to the world around him, with Jost using him to comment on the rural decay around him as it relates to his own macho posturing. This in fact, ends up making the film all the more tragic at the end of the film. Unlike Bed, this film had a plethora of long monologues which are without a doubt beautiful and peer deep into the soul, but I do think they took away from the films main "story" just a bit. Jost's unique ability to show characters and relationships in a completely genuine way is remarkable to me. One scene that comes to mind is a scene between Wes and Larry's wives, in which we see them dispassionately staring off into the distance, thinking of their hopes and dreams, rotting away with time. While I don't think this film is quite on the same level as 'The Bed You Sleep In', it's still another mesmerizing drama by Jon Jost, which left me in a contemplative state.
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