Reflecting Skin (1990)
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Directed by: Philip Ridley
Starring: Jeremy Cooper (Seth), Lindsay Duncan (Dolphin Blue), Viggo Mortensen (Cameron), Sheila Moore (Mother), Duncan Fraser (Father)
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Teen-Childhood, Killers, Violence Against-Animals
Plot – Spoilers:
A bunch of pesky little boys spend a summer roaming the vast swathes of nothingness they live around. Exploding frogs is one source of fun for them, but mostly they’re stupid and bored. There’s a widow they believe to be a vampire, and that’s the extent of their lives and world because each of their families offer them nothing else.
And then they go missing one by one and a closeted gay man is blamed for the murders.
The Reflecting Skin isn’t so much about child-murders as it is about a surreal summer of childhood.
This film had so much potential to be a really great movie, but it fizzled out big time, leaving nothing but loose ends and eclectic, unlikable characters. Too many hints and not enough conclusions – like Cam dying of radiation poisoning. And Seth having not one, not two, but three run-ins with big black Cadillac full of killers, yet he said nothing about it. Not a peep. And that sheriff! Talk about a WTF kind of guy. He was strait out of a David Lynch film without the Pabst Blue Ribbon. (If you’re confused, say “Here’s to you fuck, Frank” 3 times and watch Blue Velvet). Here’s the thing with this type of movie: somewhere down the line, somebody thought this was a good idea and invested a shit-ton of duckets into the project. And I personally have two concerns. 1. What exactly were they smoking; and, more importantly, 2. where can I get some?
Thank you, Admin….for both the 5 and 2 stars movies. Because you know what they say. Variety is two in the bush that gathers no moss.
ignore the comments below unless you must have everything neatly resolved by the end of a film
this is worth a watch
like a feverdream.
Oh, this is a fantastic movie. Very much worth the watch if you want to see something shocking and effective, yet still accessible.
*SPOILER ALERT* Of course Seth’s brother will be sad because his lover died but I don’t quite understand why Seth cried and shouts in the end, he hates Dolphine right?
The scenery is unreal, so emotional 🙁
was tryna watch this yesterday and turned it off after half hour, got bored and annoyed it’s so slow, imma try to finish it today but ain’t got high hopes
nothing like a good movie that makes you want to cease living in this world
cant fucking belive dolphin died, at least she died knowing she was loved
Couldnt finish i fell asleep after catching myself browsing social media. A real sleeper this one.
Right on, my kid of movie.
Bravo, great pick! Loved the cast & storyline.
MY GRANDCHILDREN WOULD LOVE THIS ON CRACK!!11
Oh I always wondered how u ended up as you grew older, Jeliza.. On drugs like your parents? Definitely one of my top 5 movies, I want to visit Qu’Apelle Valley one day, I hear the house is still standing there.
I did the same thing, I even offered to send them my HDrip, or send them the link to the best HDrip available. Just because I wanted more people to see the film. Never heard anything.
Not many movies like this unfortunately, it’s these two and Paperhouse (1988) about a young girl escaping into her imagination (sounds familiar?) And just check out the amazing pictures on Google images and I think yup will look forward to seeing this.