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The Reflecting Skin (1990)

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In the 1950's, a young boy living with his troublesome family in rural USA fantasizes that a neighboring widow is actually a vampire, responsible for a number of disappearances in the area.

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Philip Ridley

Writer:

Philip Ridley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Cameron Dove
Lindsay Duncan ... Dolphin Blue
Jeremy Cooper ... Seth Dove
Sheila Moore ... Ruth Dove
Duncan Fraser ... Luke Dove
David Longworth ... Joshua
Robert Koons Robert Koons ... Sheriff Ticker
David Bloom ... Deputy
Evan Hall Evan Hall ... Kim
Codie Lucas Wilbee Codie Lucas Wilbee ... Eben
Sherry Bie Sherry Bie ... Cassie
Jason Wolff Jason Wolff ... Cadillac Driver (as Jason Wolfe)
Dean Hass Dean Hass ... Passenger
Guy Buller ... Passenger
Jason Brownlow Jason Brownlow ... Passenger
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A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of discouraging his brother from seeing her. He must deal with an abusive mother, a father with a charge of molestation, a band of youths creating havoc, and an unforgiving environment in general. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Sometimes terrible things happen quite naturally

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Rated R for intense violent behavior, and for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Det gyllene fältet See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Philip Ridley stated that he hand painted all the wheat yellow because he preferred the look of it See more »

Quotes

Cameron Dove: [to Seth, who is staring at him] What are you lookin' at?
Seth Dove: Nothin'.
Cameron Dove: Doesn't look like nothin'.
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Featured in Screen Two: The Reflecting Skin (1994) See more »

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3 December 2003 | by afc-ajaxSee all my reviews

This is conceivably one of the most disturbing films I've seen. It's characters are painfully fragile, and the tone is menacingly dark and corrupted. Still, albeit as depressing as The Tin Drum, this is an excellent film.


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