Kokyat loaned me this unusual film which is sort of a fantasy-view of how
Robert Downey Jr gives quite an amazing performance as Lionel. On first sight, his character makes you think that Chewbacca from
The real-lives of
Kidman beautifully portrays Arbus' timidity and her slow awakening to a bizarre and captivating world where the ugly and grotesque seem beautiful and moving to her. The actress expresses the sense of wonder in seeing the world anew and she beautifully underscores the photographer's hesitant journey to emotional expressiveness. As she rebels against the straight-laced scenario of being a dutiful wife and mother, Diane's artistic imagination leaps beyond the stylized prettiness of the photos her husband produces (with her assistance) and into a realm where the ordinary or the offbeat become meaningful in themselves.
Kidman as Diane with Ty Burrell as Allan Arbus. Allan's parents were high-end New York City retailers and furriers; Allan spent much time in photoshoots with fur-clad models creating ads for the family business. Allan and Diane have two children and while they still obviously care about one another, the film seems to suggest that Allan is gay and in his one sex scene with Diane that implication is clear. Diane's relationship with Lionel causes her marriage to further disintegrate.
Another attraction of the film is the somewhat Glassian score, composed by Carter Burwell. Burwell also penned the score for the popular vampire film TWILIGHT.
FUR will not be a movie to everyone's taste but I thought it was visually striking - with some dazzling colour-elements - and that the performances by Kidman and Downey were really impressive. The film should certainly not be taken literally as a depiction of events in the photographer's life.
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