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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
I found this to be an incredibly interesting film with fine performances all round, and beautiful cinematography, art direction and a lovely score amongst other things. Kidman is very convincing though she does seem to be 'acting for an Oscar' at many points through out the film. When I saw the film I did not know very much about the photographer Diane Arbus, those disappointed that the film is not more of a biopic shouldn't be because the film creates such an intriguing portrait of the photographer that I for one was compelled to learn more about the artist. This is definitely a film to see in the cinema rather than one to watch on DVD.
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