A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.

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Dennis Clegg is in his thirties and lives in a halfway house for the mentally ill in London. Dennis, nicknamed "Spider" by his mother has been institutionalized with acute schizophrenia for some 20 years. He has never truly recovered, however, and as the story progresses we vicariously experience his increasingly fragile grip on reality. Written by Erwin van Moll <max404@hotmail.com>

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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£64,083 (UK) (3 January 2003)

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$1,641,788 (USA) (25 July 2003)
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#08, with "Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi") See more »

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There is a reflection of a crewmember in the building window while Spider walks on Kitchener street. See more »

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Mrs. Wilkinson: What've you done? What have you done?
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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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Freud would have loved Spider!!
10 December 2003 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

I loved this film! The novel that is based on, must have a lot of Freud psyche theories, because the film just reflects it. And in such a perfect manner. Cronenberg has reached a point where he has got a mature talent.

It is a brilliant exploration of the Unconscious, of The Edipus Complex, and of Guilt. Cronenberg does for The Edipus Complex here, what Lynch did for The Nightmare in "Mullholland Dr." We really get into Gleg "Spider"'s mind. And it's very terrifying and disturbing inside. Not pretty at all.

The cast did an outstanding job. All my praises should go to Fiennes, and especially to Miranda Richardson who plays three different characters with a master talent. She's living prove that there's no justice at the Oscars.

If you study psychiatry or psychology go and see it! It's a must see. If you love cinema, go and see it also. One of the year's best.


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