Alicia, David, and Craig are three 20-something aspiring artists who wander through art galleries and coffee shops as they sort out their angst and despair. Complications arise between the three of them when a love triangle develops, forcing the them into confrontation. From the onset, it is pretty clear that 'Three Bewildered People in the Night' is Gregg Araki's debut feature, sharing many similar themes of teenage angst, narcissism, homo-eroticism, and an intricate look at the relationship drama. The one thing that stands out about his debut effort is this tenderness which doesn't exist in Araki's later work, hidden behind the narcissism. These characters are caring individuals who clearly care about each other very much, yet they have these carnal desires which are pushing them both together and apart. We really get a great sense of each of these characters through the challenges they face, and while "whiney", one grows an attachment to the characters and their relationship dynamics. While the films of Araki's teenage apocalypse trilogy are stylistically aggressive, his debut reportedly made on a $5,000 budget, is a much slower, low-key effort with minimalistic lighting and visual techniques, though there are a few scenes where juxtaposition is used well. Capturing the emptyness and detachment these young, lost souls feel, adrift in the abyss of life is well rendered, clearly being a strength of Araki's unique voice from the very beginning.
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