Bette Gordon Films
Luminous Motion (2000)
Starring: Deborah Kara Unger, Eric Lloyd, Terry Kinney, Jamey Sheridan
Based on the genre-bending novel The History of Luminous Motion, Gordon’s hypnotic and disturbing road movie centers around the darkly comic adventures of Phillip (Eric Lloyd), a ten-year old boy living on the California highways with his carefree and highly seductive mother (Deborah Kara Unger).
Phillip craves speed and light. Obsessed with staying in perpetual motion, he lives the outlaw life on the road with his Mom, who makes ends meet by stealing money from men she seduces. After an unexpected detour, Phillip’s world is turned upside-down when Mom settles in the suburbs with a carpenter named Pedro (Terry Kinney). Determined to escape this nightmare existence, Phillip dispatches Pedro with a homemade remedy, and the two hit the road once again. Unfortunately, their past comes back to haunt them when Phillip’s father (Jamey Sheridan) shows up to reclaim his place at the head of the family.
“Darkly outrageous sense of humor and no small amount of compassionate detachment”
- Kevin Thomas, LA Times
“Funny, unneving …nuanced and shocking …visual poetry”
- A.O.Scott, NY Times