Twentynine Palms (film)

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Twentynine Palms
Twentynine Palms FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Bruno Dumont
Produced by Rachid Bouchareb
Written by Bruno Dumont
Starring Yekaterina Golubeva
David Wissak
Cinematography Georges Lechaptois
Edited by Dominique Petrot
Release date
  • 17 September 2003 (2003-09-17)
Running time
119 minutes
Country France
United States
Language French

Twentynine Palms is a 2003 film directed by Bruno Dumont.[1]


With a Russian girl called Katia, a young American photographer called David drives a Hummer from Los Angeles to a motel in the little desert town of Twentynine Palms. As she hardly speaks English and he speaks no Russian, they talk in French, a language in which neither is confident. Much of their communication is therefore non-verbal and the two frequently misunderstand each other. Their days are spent driving and walking around the empty desert, sometimes naked. They make love, they fight, or just pass time. The camera contrasts the vastness, timelessness and emptiness of the landscape with the two small humans. Yet, as well as natural beauty, the desert contains menace. Stopped by a pick-up full of rednecks, David is beaten and raped while Katia is stripped and forced to watch. Back at the motel after their ordeal, David loses his mind and, after cutting off his hair, stabs Katia to death. The police find the Hummer in the desert with his corpse beside it.


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