Have you ever heard of this one? If not – I hope I can motivate you to make the right choice and go rent this or catch it on DVR or something because this movie is excellent. And I’m not saying that because I’m one of those people who get a boner for Cronenberg (Boners For Croner!!) I’m just saying that this movie really does it for me. It’s nice and slow and doesn’t come across as pretentious art house shit, it really makes you think and the flashbacks are worked out incredibly. You’re probably not going to get everything if you watch it just once – I just watched it for like the 5th time the other day and I just now realized something new between the mom and Yvonne. I also LOVE the way he writes in his journal. Love this movie.
See how the flashback is done? He’s actually looking at himself as he’s trying to piece his life together. By the way, Spider (Fiennes) has just been released from a mental institution into a halfway house. This is the story of him trying to figure out where he went wrong. He also wears about eight shirts and a jacket at all times, rolls his own smokes and doesn’t have any dialogue except for some mumbles. Also – I’m not really too familiar with John Neville’s work (except for Baron Munchhausen) but he’s EXCELLENT in a supporting role.
What else is there to say here? HMMM…. Gabriel Byrne’s also in here as Spider’s pops. I’ve never been a big fan of his but he’s not too bad in this. I think the beauty of this is to try and understand the way Spider sees things, both as a kid and looking back at his life as an adult through his kid’s eyes. It’s not like this is going to blow anyone’s mind or anything but I really, really like it and it made me a big fan of Fiennes.