Monday, December 08, 2008


Now for something completely different. Until now I thought Moulin Rouge! was Kidman's strangest movie, until "Fur..."

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

In 1958, in New York City, the upper class Diane Arbus is a frustrated and lonely woman with a conventional marriage with two daughters. Her husband is a photographer sponsored by the wealthy parents of Diane, and she works as his assistant. When Lionel Sweeney, a mysterious man with hypertrichosis (a.k.a. werewolf syndrome, a disease that causes excessive body hair), comes to live in the apartment in the upper floor, Diane feels a great attraction for him and is introduced to the world of freaks and marginalized people, falling in love with Lionel. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The critics weigh in on both sides regarding this movie. Many on the down side, siting the "Imaginary" aspect. No matter, I liked it quite a bit... owing, I think, to the fact that some of the characters remind me of persons in my own life. Actually, in many ways I see myself in Kidman's character. Lionel (played by Robert Downey, Jr.) reminds me of someone very important in my life. None of this is because of physical comparisons. It's much more subtle than that and I won't elaborate on that other person's personality or that of the character Lionel.
I'd rather you watched it yourself. And please, come back and tell me what you thought.

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