Summer Movie Preview: June 1997 |


Summer Movie Preview: June 1997

''Bliss,'' ''Dream with the Fishes,'' and ''For Rosanna'' are some of the movies coming out this month


Sheryl Lee and Craig Sheffer play a married couple who consult a tantric yogi (Terence Stamp) about intimacy problems and undergo a sexual awakening. Director Lance Young had his own problems: The film had to be heavily reedited to get an R rating. Lee hints as to why: ”I had to fake about 18 different orgasms,” she says. ”I hope I don’t get too good at it.” (June 6)

Dream With the Fishes

Scream’s David Arquette stars as a suicidal voyeur who treats dying addict Brad Hunt (Mulholland Falls) to a final binge — on one condition: Hunt must return the favor by killing him. The dark comedy marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Finn Taylor (Pontiac Moon), who claims it’s loosely based on a trip he once took with a dying friend. He is quick to add that ”as a writer I’m a voyeur, but I’ve never looked at anyone through a pair of binoculars.” (June 20)

For Roseanna

The romance in this romantic comedy involves a trattoria owner (Jean Reno) granting the dying wish of his wife (Mercedes Ruehl), who wants to be buried in a particular cemetery. The comedy comes when he finds there’s limited space and tries to keep potential corpses alive until his beloved can claim her spot. ”Comedy springs from a dark root,” says Ruehl. ”If we didn’t have death, believe me, we’d have no comedy.” (June 18)

Love Serenade

In this Cannes-prizewinning comedy, two Australian sisters fall for their new next-door neighbor, a Barry White-loving DJ. One wacky glitch, though: This guy’s got gills. Named after what writer-director Shirley Barrett calls White’s ”sinister kind of love song,” the film has yet to receive the singer’s stamp of approval. ”I’m nervous because I just heard he requested a screening,” says Barrett. ”It will be quite unlike what he’d hoped.” (June 20)

The Pillow Book

Peter Greenaway, the British director famous for visual fantasias and weird fetishes, finds his ideal subject in this tale of a Japanese woman (Vivian Wu) who gets her kicks turning human bodies into tapestries of Asian calligraphy. (The actors, who rose at dawn to be written on, ”told me that it was a delightful experience to be tickled by these wet brushes,” says Greenaway.) Despite the threat of an NC-17 rating, the director didn’t shrink from full-frontal nudity of both genders: Trainspotting’s Ewan McGregor, playing Wu’s bisexual lover, reveals that he may be Scottish, but he ain’t shortbread. (June 6)


Director Robert Patton-Spruill was teaching acting at a youth center when he wrote this $70,000 drama and cast three of the center’s habitues (Tyrone Burton, Eddie Cutanda, and Phoung Duong) as urban teens. Expect some comedy — and a dollop of violence. Patton-Spruill says he conceived the film after the kids at the center saw Menace II Society. ”They were all psycho afterwards,” he recalls, ”talking about killing everyone. This is a film about how there’s more than just violence in these neighborhoods.” (June 13)