Perry Henzell’s little known follow-up to The Harder They Come, this road movie through ‘70s Jamaica, which introduces actress Grace Jones, is the memorable last testament of an undeniably great filmmaker with a handpicked soundtrack including Bob Marley, Etta James, Carly Simon, Toots & The Maytals and more.
Susan (Susan O’Meara) is the American producer of a shampoo commercial being shot in Jamaica. When the star, PJ (PJ Soles, Carrie and Halloween), abandons the shoot, Susan sets out to find her, with charismatic local fixer Carl (Carl Bradshaw, The Harder They Come). Making their way through the countryside Susan and Carl find themselves attracted to each other. Neither of them, however, has any illusions about the separate and unequal worlds to which they belong.
If The Harder They Come took its cues from Sergio Leone’s westerns and the Blaxploitation films of Gordon Parks and Melvin Van Peebles, the naturalistic and improvised No Place Like Home reveals Perry Henzell’s affinity with the cinema of John Cassavetes, Robert Altman and Dennis Hopper.
Presented by the Twelve30 Collective, an independent film curating initiative reframing Caribbean cinema for UK audiences.
Dir: Perry Henzell
Cast: Susan O’Meara, Carl Bradshaw, Grace Jones
Jam/USA 1973, 89mins