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Warm Summer Rain Reviews

This erotic melodrama is self-consciously arty and unmemorably pretentious. Kate (Kelly Lynch) slices her wrists from boredom. Escaping from the hospital, she boards a bus to a bar in the desert and drinks herself silly. The next day she awakens next to "the guy" (Barry Tubb), a cheerful drifter she married while blotto. He sets up a modest homestead in an abandoned ruin, and, sensing a maternal urge in his instant wife, he steals a baby. She forces him to take the child back, and while he's gone Kate finds his gun. He explains he was jilted by his previous girlfriend so he shot her dead. For her catharsis, Kate admits a basic disappointment with everything, and takes a highly symbolic sponge bath. The couple's reckless lovemaking literally sets the place on fire. Cops are looking for the guy, and as the newlyweds speed away, a highway mishap thows him from the auto and kills him. Police reveal that he never murdered his girlfriend--he just stole her car. But this wacky stranger has left Kate pregnant, and raising their daughter gives her renewed purpose. A WARM SUMMER RAIN was the first feature directed by screenwriter Joe Gayton (UNCOMMON VALOR), and while it strives sincerely to make a Big Statement, the film's relentless weirdness takes on a quality of desperation. Its heroine is self-pitying drip, and while the guy's good-natured demeanor makes him a more likable character, the film pays off only with the revelation that he's nuttier than she is. The combo of explicit sex scenes and gratuituous psychodrama recalls the fevered extremes of erotica specialist Zalman King in his RED SHOE DIARIES and WILD ORCHID sequels, but with more morbidity and oddball touches reminiscent of another movie Lynch, David. Cinematography by Fernando Arguelles rates highly and includes some startling imagery in both color and monochrome. A WARM SUMMER RAIN enjoyed film-festival exhibition in 1989 before coming to puzzle home-video audiences in 1990. (Nudity, sexual situations, adult situations, substance abuse, profanity.)