Conflict Between Queerness and Heteronormativity in ‘My Own Private Idaho’

By Ros Tibbs

Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix

Gus Van Sant’s 1991 film ‘My Own Private Idaho’ proves itself to be a staple in artistic independent cinema as well as queer cinema. The film, which depicts the lifestyle of two male escorts, provides its niche audience with a personal insight into the intimate ideals of its characters and the complexities that arise from…