True Stories

USA 1986. Dir David Byrne.

Director David Byrne of Talking heads fame, personally escorts us into the heart land of contemporary “Middle American” mall life, in the mythical Texas town of Virgil. Renowned for his deep love of irony Byrne paints a picture of an idealistic , familiar place, where everyone conforms to regular society, but displays their own unique brand of individuality. The movie – which in many ways is like a musical – has no real plot, but rather meanders through the streets of Virgil exploring the lives of the townsfolk as they prepare to celebrate “150 Years of Specialness”. As the camera travels along the vast aisles of Virgil’s shopping mall, we quickly get the impression that to be fashionable is very important here; it makes a statement about who we are and where we belong.