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Erin and I had breakfast this morning and we were randomly channel surfing when we stumbled upon a film that I’ve wanted to see for a long time, David Cronenburg’s Spider. The premise is as follows: Dennis Clegg is in his thirties and lives in a halfway house for the mentally ill in London. I would provide a bit more but it would spoil the film. Cronenburg has obviously been reading some Beckett as the film relies heavily on many of the nuances and charms that Beckett-like dramatic pieces contain [minimalism, silence, suffering, tragedy, solitude]. Spider_15

The film follows Ralph Fiennes, Spider, as he works through memories of his childhood life, particularly his relationship with his mother. An oedipal-psychoanalytic analysis begs to be made in this film. The movie is a bit slow, but methodical in the way it builds up to the final thirty minutes of the film. There are only a handful of actors and for the most part it is a quiet film that gives Ralph much room to silently explore the depths of this sad and lonely pathetic character. The reason for his isolation, misery, and mental illness is finally revealed in the end. It’s a fairly dark film, so be prepared for some sadness. Well worth your time though, enjoy.

Written by thebeliever07

May 24, 2009 at 8:39 pm

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