An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus…
It’s been a long time since I was able to post a good one here and this was mostly due to not having any free time any more. But after seeing this flick starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr, I thought I’d better take a break and bring it some attention.
Kidman plays the title role and the film follows her relationship with Lionel Sweeney, played by Downey, the neighbor and how her life takes a twist into the bizzare as an indirect result of the relationship and her own dissatisfied life with her husband.
It’s touching at times, sad and often strange, but it’s a good watch for a weekend night.
This isn’t a true to life depiction of Diane Arbus whose photography is (unfortuantely) known for the bizzare and sometimes surreal and outright frightening picularities of human nature. As such there are some heavy artistic licensing applied here and there. The film isn’t for every taste, but then again, I’m not known for my “conventional” film tastes either…
To give you a small sample of her subject matter, try an image search for her name on Google. (WARNING: Not for the easily disturbed or irked.)
I’m not quite sure whether Arbus’ exploration into the oddities of humanity was caused by boredom, uhappiness, repression or some combination thereof. Either way, her works are truly something to behold.