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The Reflecting Skin

The Reflecting Skin (1990)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1990 Wide

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Set in a 1950s-era American heartland of sprawling wheat fields and lonely old houses, The Reflecting Skin is British director Philip Ridley's fascinating and very strange investigation into the horrors of childhood innocence and fantasy. The film's mixture of gruesome subject matter, morbid sexual perversion, and disarming humor has spawned comparisons to the work of David Lynch, particularly Blue Velvet and the Twin Peaks series. Young Seth Dove (Jeremy Cooper) lives with his mother and father

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Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Philip Ridley

Feb 26, 1992

Miramax Films

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When you name a character Dolphin Blue, saddle her with a dead husband she didn't know, which causes her to lose her mind, and suggest that she might be a 200 year-old vampire, you should probably suggest that she's more of a representational figure.

December 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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Too odd for its own good; too disturbing to dismiss.

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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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.
April 26, 2009
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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,
September 6, 2010
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Ed Fucking Harris

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Goes with Powder and Static. Australian, offbeat, creepy.
January 19, 2009
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Steve Strange

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For fans of the truly strange.
June 26, 2008
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