A rapid and whirling, musically arranged cascade of stunning visuals from the gone epoch. Rejected from the USSR Union of Composers, poet-songwriter Eugene Shikunov travels through towns and villages, offering businesses variations on the same 'production anthem' – songs meant to glorify the heroic daily labour of their employees. Rare instance of an absurd documentary-comedy.
Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas (Harvey Keitel) -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation.
Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.