Quiet Days in Hollywood
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|Quiet Days in Hollywood|
|Directed by||Josef Rusnak|
|Produced by||Jörg Bundschuh|
|Written by||Robert G. Brown |
|Starring||Hilary Swank |
Natasha Gregson Wagner
|Music by||Harald Kloser|
|Editing by||Christopher Koefoed|
|Distributed by||Kick Film|
|Release dates|| Germany July 17, 1997 |
United States July, 2000
Italy August 24, 2005 (DVD)
|Running time||95 mins. |
91 mins (U.S.)
Quiet Days in Hollywood (also known as The Way We Are) is a 1997 drama film written by Robert G. Brown and Josef Rusnak, the latter also directed. The movie features Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe, and Natasha Gregson Wagner.
The plot features a series of interlocking stories. Each vignette is introduced with a character that had sex with someone in the previous segment. The movie opens with a seventeen-year-old prostitute, Lolita (Hilary Swank) who hangs around outside movie premiere with another teen prostitute in the hopes of getting a picture of her idol, movie star Peter Blaine (Peter Dobson). After her friend is forcibly dragged off by a jealous boyfriend, Lolita wanders around by herself in the streets of Los Angeles. Then she ends up performing a sexual favor for a man who ends up knocking her unconscious.
The man, a young African American named Angel, is engaged in questionable criminal activities. He later ends up trying to flee Los Angeles after he makes a major mistake during a drug deal. He takes Julie, a young waitress (Meta Golding), with him. After they have sex in a stolen car while driving through a car wash, Julie rethinks her plans to escape with Angel. After she notices that a car filled with men has been shadowing them, she runs out of the car. Angel is killed by the men.
Sometime later, Julie is working in an upscale restaurant as a waitress. She waits on Richard (Chad Lowe) who ends up sexually assaulting her in the men's room. In the next vignette, Richard has a tryst with Kathy (Natasha Gregson Wagner), his boss's wife. Kathy has a non-exclusive relationship with her husband, Bobby (Bill Cusack), who has a girlfriend on the side. Bobby is sexually propositioned by Patrick (Stephen Mailer), a sexually aggressive and drug addicted gay man, who is the closeted Blaine's boyfriend. The last vignette features a grief-stricken Blaine seeking sexual favors and companionship from Lolita, who is still sporting a bruise from her encounter with Angel.