Winner of the Grand Prix des Ameriques at the Montreal Film Festival, Percy Adlon's SALMONBERRIES marked the motion picture debut of singer k.d. lang, who performs an evocative ballad, "Barefoot," in the film. That's the high point. Fans of Adlon's quirky romantic odysseys (SUGARBABY,
BAGDAD CAFE) will be completely floored, if not downright infuriated, by this glacial, portentous opus about frozen sexual longing and gender confusion.
Born a foundling in the North Alaskan town for which she was named, Kotzebue (lang) is an androgynous youth who fills her days with manual labor on the pipeline and her nights nursing romantic aches for the town librarian Roswith...