Sunday, February 11, 2007
WARNING WARNING, THIS IS NOT ABOUT A LITTLE OLD LADY RUNNING UP WEDDING DRESSES ON HER SEWING MACHINE. DO NOT BE MISLED.
Rather, the protagonist is a machine operator in a factory, operating machines that do various industrial things with big bits of metal. I'm reliably informed that it is correct to refer to such a person as a machinist.
Once you're past the disappointment at missing out on the workings of the mind of a sewist, this is quite a good film. It follows a man with chronic insomnia, which leads to all kinds of paranoia and hallucination, bringing him around full-circle to what caused the insomnia in the first place.
The plot's pretty cool, as is Christian Bale's mind-boggling anorexia. His extreme slimming is probably well-documented elsewhere, so I won't get into it here.
Also interesting is that the whole thing was financed by, and largely filmed in, Spain. Go the Spaniards.
Posted by Ed Haszard Morris at 5:33 PM