Monday, 5 September 2011
Lost and Delirious (2001)
The film is loosely based on the Susan Swan novel The Wives of Bath but while that novel deals more with the suppression of feminism and gender roles, Lost and Delirious seems to have its eye on societal repression and the ineffectual way authority handles troubled children.
Conclusion after the jump.
Barton does well as the "Mouse", aptly shy and naive. When her bashful exterior breaks, it's very believable and somewhat heartbreaking. Let's be clear; this is not a happy movie. There is a lot of soft girlie indie music which often doesn't quite seem to fit the mood unless you accept as I did, the justifiable explanation that it's the background music in Paulie's mind. She is, as Carmela Soprano would put it, a peculiar duck. Given up at birth and resentful of her adoptive parents, she is poorly behaved and fiercely dramatic. Finding an injured raptor in the woods, she nurtures it back to health in both the way she was and wishes she was - training it as a wild killer and yet with all the love in her heart. After parting ways with Tori, she becomes ever more obsessed with the bird of prey and the freedom it will have when it can fly and hunt once more.