The two actors who star in this independent feature meet for the first time in the opening shot, and their relationship is a pure product of improvisation assembled over the film’s three-and-a-half-day shooting time. The director, Jon Jost, uses the very real nervousness and desperation of his two performers to create a suggestive study in last-ditch romance: though the characters aren’t very well suited (she’s pinched and domineering; he’s cloddish and irresponsible) they feel obliged to make a go of it in the absence of any alternatives, just as the actors are compelled to make the drama work in order to produce a movie. Jost uses long takes from static camera positions to increase the sense of forced union and external pressure; though it’s never a comfortable film, it’s frequently a fascinating one (1983).