The Reflecting Skin1990
The Reflecting Skin (1990)
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Critic Reviews for The Reflecting Skin
a portrait of America that is, in all its estranging hyperrealism & 'magic hour' sheen, both iconic & oneiric - a dreamy, doomy antidote to nostalgia in which rural naturalism, gothic touches and a constant mood of menace all combine
By setting The Reflecting Skin in middle America in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, Ridley allows himself plenty of opportunity to contrast the country's post-War boom with the psychic destruction of a returning soldier like Cameron.
Haunting and hypnotic, The Reflecting Skin gets under the skin and is content to remain there.
Moves with dreamlike confidence through a culvert of hard realities that are unflinching and insufferable, sometimes to the point of personal discomfort.
The director shows off his technical skills and a sick humor.
Audience Reviews for The Reflecting Skin
An intresting film about the "nightmare of childhood." I could see a lot of people complaining about the seemingly random and creepy events of the film, but I think they are missing the point. The movie is shown through the eyes of a 9 year old boy who is going through several traumatizing expierences and nobody who he looks up to is able to explain what is going on in his life, so he is forced to create his own answers for why these things are happening to him. The film will leave you as confused as the boy is, but that is the point. Either way an excellent directorial debut from British playwright Phillip Ridley and several good performances from the actors (most notably a young Viggo Mortenson.) Recommended for fans of the bizarre,
A little boy in rural post-WWII America believes that his lonely widow neighbor is a vampire who is killing his friends and wants to kill his beloved older brother. A literary and ambiguous slice of Midwestern Gothic that teems with unresolved metaphors.
Goes with Powder and Static. Australian, offbeat, creepy.
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