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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mary Lambert|
|Produced by||Gary Kurfirst|
|Written by||Patrice Chaplin (novel)
Patricia Louisianna Knop (screenplay)
|Music by||Miles Davis
|Edited by||Glenn A. Morgan|
|Distributed by||Lorimar Motion Pictures|
- Ellen Barkin as Claire
- Gabriel Byrne as Augustine
- Julian Sands as Kit
- Isabella Rossellini as Marie
- Martin Sheen as Del
- Alexei Sayle as Cabbie
- Grace Jones as Conchita
- Jodie Foster as Nancy
- Anastassia Stakis as Desdra
- Gary Cady as Roger
The screenplay was written by Patricia Louisiana Knop, based on a novel by Patrice Chaplin. The film was shot on location in Spain, released by Lorimar Motion Pictures, and debuted in New York City on November 11, 1987. The film's themes are sex and death. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis performed on the score for the film, Music from Siesta, which was written and arranged by frequent Davis collaborator Marcus Miller.
The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature in 1988, for Director Mary Lambert. The movie was hailed as "this year's 'Blue Velvet' " by Susan Linfield, editor of American Film. New York Times Film critic Janet Maslin called it an "artily experimental film...an appealing, ripe bohemianism and mischievous spirit".
- Maslin, Janet (November 11, 1987). "Film: Exoticism in 'Siesta'". The New York Times. Retrieved on May 4, 2009.
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