Clean, Shaven (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1993.  DSM III, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Lodge Kerrigan.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Lodge Kerrigan.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Terrific study in mental illness and isolation by Lodge Kerrigan, who makes so much of so very little. is exceptional as a man recently released from an institution who goes in search of the daughter who was given up for adoption when he was put away. He stops to see his mother before heading out to the home of his little girl, but that’s only the surface of the story; layers of stark images, a disturbing soundtrack and the rather gruesome ways that Greene tries to rid himself of the imperfections that dog him are where the substance is here. It’s hard to really understand why any hospital would let him out in the condition that he was in to begin with, and the ending is unnecessarily melodramatic, but there’s such great force and control in Kerrigan’s direction, particularly for a debut film, that such criticisms are easily ignored.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. vinnieh says:

    Great post, the part where he pulls his nail off is quite unsettling.

    1. henryjames77 says:

      Actually it’s fucking gross but you’re too classy to say it.

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