Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Drama / Mystery / Romance

75
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 15

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March 14, 2021

Cast

Emily Bergl as Dr. Heather McManus
Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball
Robert Downey Jr. as Terry Donager
Ty Burrell as Allan Arbus
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by shelleyannleedahl 10 / 10 / 10

A " Must See Again" Film

Had I taken to heart what the movie reviewer in my local paper had written about this film (and his 2.5 star rating) -- I would not have gone. Fortunately, I checked out IMDb and read that someone had compared it to Jean Cocteau's avant-garde "La Belle et La Bete." Enough said. That commendation, and armed, as I was, with the knowledge that Nicole Kidman has done some exceptional films in recent years (particularly "The Hours," "The Others," and one of my all-time favourite psychological thrillers, "Dead Calm"), I was off to the local art film theatre to join the sparse (perhaps a dozen?) audience of viewers. In short, this film has set the bar extremely high re: all other films I will see in 2007. One finds not only the influence of Cocteau in the film, but also of Kubrick, Hitchcock, and even of Maya Deren. (ie: there is a stunning image of Kidman/Arbus crawling out of the sea -- a few moments of sheer poetry -- that are reminiscent of Deren's "At Land.") (Also, perhaps a little Jane Campion with the underwater shots near the end.) This is a decidedly painterly film, with everything from Arbus's dresses to the evocative interiors of Lionel's museum/carnival-like apartment and the film's textures worthy of commentary in both film classes and post-film chats with friends. Contrasts are integral to this film. The paint-peeled walls provide an interesting contrast with the elegant satins and aristocratic dining accoutrement (tea pot, cup), and parallel Lionel's declining health. Arbus's smooth skin vs. Lionel's fur. The staged symmetry of Arbus's husband's white-washed, commercial photography vs. the brilliant chaos in Lionel's apartment. Arbus's wealthy, "proper" parents vs. Lionel's menagerie of "freaks". Many of the shots are framed in interesting, geometrical or architectural ways, or echo camera apertures. The use of the colour blue in some scenes is breathtaking. Great line -- (not verbatim): Allan Arbus -- "I'm a normal guy, now I have a hole in my ceiling and freaks coming through it." I also felt the chemistry between the principal characters (a rarity), and believe the pacing greatly attributed to the overall success of the film. The framing -- with the nudist camp -- underscored the change/growth in the protagonist. As my 20 year old daughter said upon leaving the theatre -- "This is the kind of film that really makes you want to live the life you were meant to." Here here. "Fur" gets five big, bold, blazing stars. It is, quite simply, brilliant. Please, tell your friends.

Reviewed by mona_boutet 8 / 10 / 10

It touched me deeply

I saw Fur this afternoon. I went to the 1:30 pm matinée and we were only three in the theater. That's OK… I felt like it was a private showing. From the very start of the making this film, the whole story got my attention, more than any other. It wasn't simply an opportunity to see Robert work – it was my kind of film. I love the unusual, the weird, the unique and all of these elements were in this film. When Lionel tells Diane that he's "been waiting for a real freak" I knew just what he meant. Diane has been forbidding her own self to be true and she suffers from it. Lionel is her liberator, it's a love story of the most spiritual kind since "…there are only two sins; the first is to interfere with the growth of another human being, and the second is to interfere with one's own growth." I thought the chemistry between Nicole and Robert was right on, both of them being seekers of truth. If you believe that the eyes are windows to your soul then you will be unable to take your eyes off the screen. Their journey is in their eyes – you see in them the curiosity, the fascination, the fear, the pain, the joy, the love and finally the liberation of their souls. When the photograph is finally taken, Robert has your heart in his hands. If any of you have gone through that "soul transformation" experience, you will recognize it. If not, it's still a great fairy tale. I love the sets, the music and the photography because they served the story so well. And all I have to say about the love scene is Oh. My. God. This is a film I want to see again, and again. As for the mix reviews, maybe, just maybe, if they had not used Diane Arbus' name, the critics would have been kinder and they would have been willing to have more of an open mind. The writer and director used Arbus' claim to fame to explore the spark, the birth if you will of creativity. In any case, those who got it loved it and those who did not get it, smothered it. I guess I don't have to tell you I loved it.

Reviewed by blackberrybabe 8 / 10 / 10

Through the looking-glass

Personally, I had never heard of Diane Arbus before this movie. I wanted to see this because of Robert Downey Jr. I was hoping he would make a movie with Nicole Kidman, & neither of them disappoint. This is an interesting film. Kidman has the title role of Arbus, a woman looking for more than typical convention of 1958. She loves her husband and children, but is drawn to Lionel (Downey), a man with a condition that covers him completely in hair. As the two spend more time together, she pulls away from her family & falls in love with Lionel. Robert Downey Jr is one of my favorite actors. His portrayal of Lionel is amazing. He makes him seductive, mysterious, sympathetic & lovable all at once. Although I did not like that he is pursuing a married woman, Downey makes you cheer when they finally consummate their love. He can tell a story with just his eyes and considering Lionel's condition, that is a must. He does an amazing job, both with verbal & non-verbal emotion. Downey really is one of the greatest actors of our generation. Ty Burrell is another strong performance as Diane's husband Allan. You can feel his pain as he sees his wife pull away from him and their children. It is interesting to note that at the beginning of the film Allan is clean-shaven. After meeting Lionel, he grows a beard. Then in his last scene he is clean-shaven again. I hope we see more of Burrell. He earned his stripes in this film. Kidman of course does not disappoint. Her portrayal of Arbus makes you completely understand her desire for more. She is perfect for the role. You cry with her, laugh with her, and cheer for her. Perfect. An interesting love story and a great way to learn about Diane Arbus, this film kept me interested the whole way. Be sure to look for the Alice In Wonderland references--a tribute to Arbus herself. This movie is definitely a must-see.

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