Starring Roger Lloyd-Pack, Leo Bill, Kate Fahy, Sarah Ball Directed by Simon Rumley Writer: Simon Rumley Product Description A furiously original meld of madness and pathos, The Living and … see full wiki
This movie wasn't what I'd expected. The movie begins by holding to it's premise; that of the father leaving on a trip. He's arranged for a caregiver for his bed-ridden and ill wife, but his mentally challenged son, James, wants to take care of mommy himself. So dad leaves and James chases away the caregiver and it's just James and Mommy in this huge old mansion in a terrible state of disrepair.
James can't take care of himself, much less his ill mother. He goes through the routine of getting his medications but forgets to actually take them. So with James behind the wheel as mom's caretaker, things go downhill pretty fast. His concept of time is erratic, so he doesn't get mom to the bathroom on time, he thinks extra pills will make her well faster, and forgets where he's left her. This isn't the entire gist of the movie though.
The hired caretaker brings the police to break into the house. There's a very bizarre operation scene that takes place in the house (not in a hospital), a lot of freaky-deaky photography showing James scampering all over the house in his fugues, and a very trippy dream scene during one of James's overdoses. Top this off with flash-forwards and flash-backs, and you have the movie.
The plot was weak, I hate to say. The photography was dark in too many scenes. Wardrobe went a little over the top with James, as if he weren't acting freaky enough, they dressed him in high-waters with white socks and an outlandishly wide tie. The director did manage to capture the mood and surrealism of James's fugues, and the acting was rather decent.
Overall, this isn't a movie I would recommend unless you choose to rent first. It didn't fill the promise I expected of it, and was on the lower end of the 'B' semi-horror scale. Rent, don't buy.