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      The Reflecting Skin

      R 1990 1h 35m Drama List
      82% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 77% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Growing up in the 1950s in small-town Idaho, 8-year-old Seth (Jeremy Cooper) and his friends play a prank on the town recluse, a widow named Dolphin Blue (Lindsay Duncan). When his friends start disappearing, Seth becomes convinced Dolphin is a vampire, stealing the souls of the neighborhood children one by one. After his brother, Cameron (Viggo Mortensen), returns home and takes a liking to Dolphin, Seth feels it's up to him to save Cameron from his friends' fate. Read More Read Less

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      Steve Davis Austin Chronicle The Reflecting Skin may befuddle you by what it's all about, but like a vivid dream, you'll have a difficult time forgetting it. Rated: 2.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault It will enrapture those attuned to its wheatfield surrealism and repel, violently, everyone else. Rated: A+ Aug 24, 2022 Full Review Nick Rogers Midwest Film Journal Seth's descent is one into a very American imagination of violence - defined less by actions he takes than those he allows to happen, cheap thrills that yield disastrous consequences. Sound akin to anything toward which we're teetering these days? Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 29, 2020 Full Review Anton Bitel VODzilla.co 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 Apr 18, 2020 Full Review David Bax Battleship Pretension 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. Aug 30, 2019 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Haunting and hypnotic, The Reflecting Skin gets under the skin and is content to remain there. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 17, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B American Plains Gothic. The surrealism is measured and the emotions are not which makes for a bizarre and beguiling viewing experience. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review isla s This is very much a quirky and sinister feeling film about a perhaps overly imaginative youngster stuck in rural America, with a slightly spooky undertone to it. I thought the cinematography was great - shots of sunrises/sunsets in the background with the wheat blowing about - yellows and oranges. There's some good dialogue. Its not a violent film, although there are scenes depicting animal cruelty and showing bright red blood, if but fleetingly. The vampire subplot may sound a bit daft but I could sort of understand why the young boy believed what he did. I did get a little confused about some plot aspects and it is perhaps slightly too arty for my personal tastes but its still a film thats worth seeing, definitely. It depicts isolation quite well I think and perhaps other people would take away different things. This is not a film for frog lovers, I'll add that and say no more so as not to provide any additional spoilers(!). Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member unusual, memorable, images that stay with your for life. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review destonio n Jesus, that was awful. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Worst thing I have ever seen. This movie has given me nightmares, not of the scenes but of being forced to watch it again. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review dave s The Reflecting Skin is a frustrating viewing experience as one can't help but think that this had the potential to be a great film. Why? The cinematography is stunning – virtually every scene is bathed in a golden hue, reflecting the amber wheat that surrounds the characters. The story is intriguing – a series of murders in the barrens of America's midwest. The characters are interesting as all seem to have some deeply rooted issues. However, things are undone by a ridiculously melodramatic music score that seems to swell at just the wrong moment, child actors who can't seem to act, and the absurdity of the fact that the main character knows exactly who is responsible for the killings but refuses to share the information with the authorities. And the vampire angle just feels pointless…much like the movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Growing up in the 1950s in small-town Idaho, 8-year-old Seth (Jeremy Cooper) and his friends play a prank on the town recluse, a widow named Dolphin Blue (Lindsay Duncan). When his friends start disappearing, Seth becomes convinced Dolphin is a vampire, stealing the souls of the neighborhood children one by one. After his brother, Cameron (Viggo Mortensen), returns home and takes a liking to Dolphin, Seth feels it's up to him to save Cameron from his friends' fate.
      Director
      Philip Ridley
      Producer
      Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 6, 2019
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $6.0K
      Runtime
      1h 35m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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