Liquid Sky

1982, Movie, R, 118 mins


Outrageous fun, this film is New Wave chic, satire, self-parody, science fiction, and certainly one of the more accessible independent features ever made. Aliens are after the heroin-like substance produced by the human brain at the point of orgasm. Anne Carlisle, who cowrote the screenplay, plays a lesbian punk model and a male homosexual punk model. As a woman, Carlisle discovers a special sexual power. At orgasm she can make her lover disappear into thin air, courtesy of some wonderful special effects. A subplot involves Otto von Wernherr, a government scientist investigating the UFO on Carlisle's roof. He holes up across the street in the apartment of a horny and hysterically funny socialite, Susan Doukas, whose very vocal expressions of frustration he balances with a great low-key performance. This offbeat film was directed by Slava Tsukerman, a classically trained Soviet-born filmmaker. His observations of modern America, as well as the beautiful New York City photography, are right on the money. LIQUID SKY won a cult following shortly after its release. leave a comment

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