over 2 years
My parents saw this on their first date + my mum cried the whole time
The Reflecting Skin is a 1990 film about a young child growing up in rural Idaho in the 1950s. It is directed by Philip Ridley, and features Viggo Mortensen and Lindsay Duncan.
Young Seth Dove becomes obsessed with the idea of vampires and soon attaches his fixation onto a woman named Dolphin Blue. After his father’s suicide, Seth’s brother comes home from World War II and begins an affair with Dolphin, leaving Seth to become completely infatuated with the notion of his brother’s danger. Along with this, Seth finds himself at the mercy of an unstable mother along with a group of men, who plague the small children of Seth’s continually shrinking small town.
The film weaves elements of the grotesque, vampirism, child sexual abuse, and religious zealotry throughout its narrative about the perceptions and fantasies of an impressionable pre-adolescent boy and his friends.
At the 1990 Locarno International Film Festival, Ridley won three awards, C.I.C.A.E. Award, the FIPRESCI Prize, and...