These companies may use information not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. The scene is also unintentionally ridiculous. Copyright 2008-2019 366 Weird Movies. He eventually, thanks to a pulp magazine his father reads, convinces himself that Dolphin is a vampire as a way of explaining how he feels when he sees her. So do babies, who are also linked to angels. A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. When his brother returns after their father kills himself, Seth thinks he has found a stable person to cling to.
When the brother falls in love with the vampire widow, Seth tries to find a away to save him. The three child actors can be excused for not nailing their parts, but in a movie where most of the other actors deliver naturalistic performances of weird characters, these two minor portrayals break the tone and do evoke Lynch at his most self-indulgent. His mother pays him little mind. Cameron falls for Dolphin, and at the same time he becomes weak and begins losing hair. But skin imagery also recurs throughout other parts of the film: the children are impressed by the skin of the frog they blow up in the first scene, and Dolphin is particularly obsessed with skin, and how it turns into wrinkles. After his father dies in unexpected fashion, the older brother he adores returns from his military tour of the Pacific. I consider it the weirdest of cinematic masterpieces.
The degree of care with which Ridley peppers the script with consistent recurring imagery, the professional way he utilizes foreshadowing, and the literal sense of the surface narrative, however, belie that interpretation. He must deal with an abusive mother, a father with a charge of molestation, a band of youths creating havoc, and an unforgiving environment in general. . It does contain elements of horror films, and it is, at times, utterly horrifying. Altogether, this is far and away the best presentation of Reflecting Skin available for those who can play the disc. He admires his father, who runs a ramshackle gas station, and fears his mother, who alternates between just wanting some comfort to being an abusive shrew. Everything, from buildings to people, seems distant and on the verge of collapse.
Most significantly, for better or worse, The Reflecting Skin has a literary sensibility missing in Lynch. How to capture that kind of world when it comes to film is an even tougher issue. Joshua, who dresses like a Pilgrim in a Thanksgiving pageant and is presumably a Mennonite or Quaker, is overplayed by David Longworth. He believes she is attempting to beguile him with her powers, and he steels himself to resist her temptations. It is not a film full of action.
Other layers of images are treated in a similar fashion: sunshine reverberates throughout the film. This lazy Lynch analogy which replaced the earlier lazy Fellini analogy, and which still raises its head almost anytime a filmmaker ventures outside the strict realist format is unfortunate. Despite their magnified eccentricities, each seems very real. In fact, his brother pretty much rejects Seth in favor of the widow. What it all may add up to is left unsaid. Obviously, there is a theme of loss of moral innocence, and also a theme of encroaching age and decay. In the world of The Reflecting Skin, death seems to be the happiest end to which someone can come.
The other way in which Ridley differentiates himself from Lynch is in his literary style of symbolism. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of discouraging his brother from seeing her. He does better in his second scene, where a prop bottle of whiskey justifies the overacting. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon. Maybe I was an overly sensitive child.
Though I was progressively becoming more disturbed by the film and in need of sleep , I was struck and mesmerized by its manner of describing the horrors of a childhood on the verge of psychosis. Dove is not only the family name, but in one of the weirdest sequences in the film Seth sees a pair of monk-like figures cooing and carrying what appears to be a dead dove. He must deal with an abusive mother, a father with a charge of molestation, a band of youths creating havoc, and an unforgiving environment in general. So do references to sin, particularly to original sin. But, for the most part, Ridley fills the screen with unresolved metaphors that seethe and boil just below the surface of the narrative. The authorities, however, point to Seth's father, whose secret homosexuality -- and past affair with a young boy -- is a skeleton in the town's closet. His father retreats into fantasy.
The thing about this movie that I think a good number of people find off-putting is that is rather specific in how it mounts and delivers its tale. Later, his mother forces the boy to drink obscene amounts of water as a punishment. So glad I found this Web page…. Trying to successfully capture that weird world kids used to inhabit is difficult. Each and every character is singled out for a tragic end, and although there is a good bit of gallows humor along the way, most viewers will find the ceaseless negativism hard to bear.