Siesta (film)

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mary Lambert
Produced by Gary Kurfirst
Written by Patrice Chaplin (novel)
Patricia Louisianna Knop (screenplay)
Music by Miles Davis
Marcus Miller
Cinematography Bryan Loftus
Edited by Glenn A. Morgan
Distributed by Lorimar Motion Pictures
Release date
  • November 11, 1987 (1987-11-11)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5,000,000
Box office $604,491

Siesta is a 1987 film directed by Mary Lambert and starring Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne and Jodie Foster. It also stars Martin Sheen, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Jones, Julian Sands and Alexei Sayle.



The screenplay was written by Patricia Louisiana Knop, based on a novel by Patrice Chaplin. The film was shot on location in Spain, released by Lorimar Motion Pictures, and debuted in New York City on November 11, 1987. The film's themes are sex and death. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis performed on the score for the film, Music from Siesta, which was written and arranged by frequent Davis collaborator Marcus Miller.


The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature in 1988, for Director Mary Lambert.

The movie was hailed as "this year's Blue Velvet" by Susan Linfield, editor of American Film. New York Times film critic Janet Maslin called it an "artily experimental film... an appealing, ripe bohemianism and mischievous spirit".


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