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638 Ratings

Desperately Seeking Susan

Directed by Susan Seidelman
United States, 1985
Comedy, Thriller, Drama


A bored suburban housewife, seeking adventure to her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.

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Desperately Seeking Susan Directed by Susan Seidelman

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1985 | Directors' Fortnight

BAFTA Awards

1986 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

César Awards

1986 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

[Seidelman’s] low-budget screwball comedy hit captured the zeitgeist of downtown 80s New York, painting it as an urban wonderland of risk and magical reinvention as seen through the eyes of dissatisfied New Jersey housewife Roberta (Rosanna Arquette).
February 09, 2016
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Every frame has at least ten articles of clothing/accessories/home furnishings worth coveting: bracelets are piled on with abandon, boxer shorts and stockings with garters constitute an outfit, and in one memorable moment, a bathroom hand dryer is glamorously used to dry armpits. With the strong interplay between two female protagonists, as partially inspired by Jacques Rivette’s Celine and Julie Go Boating, it’s a pop feminist essential.
September 09, 2015
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