Ralph Fiennes acts with a capital A to inhabit the prickled skin of a mumbling, shuffling, scribbling schizophrenic in David Cronenberg’s characteristically creepy picture about a man unraveling as he remembers childhood traumas. (Miranda Richardson plays both a gentle mother and a cockney-lewd whore.) The craft is visible – Fiennes is busy in his tremulous inertia – but the technique works in the setting, a clammy corner of London that evokes Cronenbergian human decay.
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Phillip Craig, Bradley Hall, John Neville, Lynn Redgrave; Director: David Cronenberg; Author: Patrick McGrath; Runtime (in minutes): 98; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Posted March 14 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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