Limbo is a 1999 adventure drama set in Alaska about a mostly unsuccessful folk-rock performer, Donna De Angelo (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), her troubled daughter Noelle (Vanessa Martinez), and Joe Gastineau (David Strathairn), a former fisherman and Donna's newest relationship. Joe now works as a handyman and jack-of-all trades. He left the fishing business 25 years previously following a tragic boating accident in which two men were killed. Donna's daughter Noelle is a talented writer but suffers from impulsive self-mutilation related to her mother's string of terrible relationships. Noelle, however, begins to warm up to Joe and all three characters bond over what they see as the encroaching development and tourism that robs Alaska of its natural beauty and wildlife. The budding family's commitment to the rugged lifestyle is tested, however, when they are suddenly stranded on an island with no provisions and the rough Alaskan weather. Limbo is written and directed by prolific independent film screenwriter John Sayles.