The End of Everything

Millennium Anxiety in Gregg Araki’s Nowhere

  • Henrique Brazão Independent researcher
Keywords: Millennium, Independent film, Symptomatic meaning, Apocalyptic narrative, Y2K, New Queer Cinema


This article will deconstruct and analyze a scene from the 1997 feature film Nowhere, directed by Gregg Araki. The final chapter of the "Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy" Nowhere draws upon teenage alienation to evoke a polysemy of death - as the disintegration of the human body and as the collapse of time. Considering mise-en-scène details, narrative progression, and further cinematic aspects it can be asserted that, on a symptomatic level, the film conveys feelings of anxiety and detachment associated with the arrival of the new millennium.