Denise Lanctot
January 30, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Julian Po

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Christian Slater, Robin Tunney
director
Alan Wade
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

This well-meaning but still toothless tale feels like airbrushed Flannery O’Connor: A mysterious but harmless drifter (Slater) stumbles into a small town where he provokes paranoid suspicion until the locals discover his intention — suicide. Sundry town eccentrics and busybodies attempt to save him, including the nubile maiden (Tunney) who dreamed of a stranger before he arrived. Despite plodding execution of the fanciful premise, Slater delivers a wry and quietly convincing performance in Julian Po as the enigmatic outsider who becomes the sum total of a community’s desires and fears. B-

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