The Reflecting Skin

The Reflecting Skin

DVD - 2011
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A young boy discovers that "innocence is hell" in this haunting tale of death and decay in a small prairie town.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Miramax Films : Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Enfant miroir

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Derringer
Dec 01, 2018

The Reflecting Skin is a bizarre and equally disturbing movie-experience combining beautiful cinematography with a really weird and fukt-up story that's viewed from an abused child's peculiar slant on things.

Though not meant for all tastes, The Reflecting Skin is one of those films that's just too odd to be completely dismissed..... If you enjoy films that are offbeat, surreal and nightmarish in nature, then here's one whose story and imagery creates a very dark and haunting atmosphere set against the dazzling brightness of rural Idaho in the 1950s.

The innocence of a 9 year-old boy named Seth is stripped away as he closely observes the strange and macabre characters that are around him.

A lot of people will find (at this film's conclusion) that just too many questions were deliberately left unanswered. This is sure to leave many viewers (as it did with myself) both annoyed and dissatisfied.

But, yet, even though there were a number of places where The Reflecting Skin literally fell flat on its face out of sheer absurdity, the unique strangeness if its overall story is still well-worth a view.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 28, 2018

This 1990 drama/thriller film stars Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Cooper, and Sheila Moore amongst more. This movie is set in 1950’s Idaho, where an eight year old boy and his friends set off the local widow and recluse, named Dolphin Blue. After his friends begin to go missing, he starts to believe that she is the one taking them. This movie starts off somewhat charming with the way the children are behaving, but as the movie goes on things become creepier and develop more of a horror movie vibe. I would rate this movie 4/5 stars and would recommend it to those who like suspenseful and older horror films. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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franzkafka
Oct 26, 2013

Death, decay and madness. Best lines: Older brother says to Seth:"Why don't you go play with your friends?" Seth: I can't. They're all dead". Creepy sheriff who can't make a connection between a big black car with 4 sinister occupants with recent murders is a gem as well

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ausnos
Jul 13, 2012

The audio quality is bad and the kid is just annoying.

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franzkafka
Oct 26, 2013

Go play with your friends. - I can't. They're all dead.

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