Receiving a limited release on both coasts, SIESTA was one of the most talked about films of 1987 and one of the most panned. Directed by Lambert, the rock video maker who contributed to "Madonnamania" by directing the singer's best and most popular videos--"Borderline," "Like a Virgin,"
and "Material Girl"--SIESTA is a hallucinatory, metaphoric, nonlinear story of a disturbed woman who is driven to destruction by l'amour fou
. Barkin plays a daredevil skydiver whose upcoming jump--into the mouth of an active volcano--is being promoted by her husband, Sheen. She, instead, opts for
a different jump--flying off to Spain and chasing after trapeze artist Byrne, a...