This was a very different DVD set and it even came with a picture postcard of Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his Lancaster Dodd persona! Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie a WWII naval vet who appears to have PTSD or what they used to call "shell-shock." He is fascinated with a sand castle made to look like a naked woman and he has weird fantasies. He is examined by the Naval shrink then sent to a Naval hospital then sent back to the states.
He takes a job in a department store photo studio and loses his job when he gets violent with one of his customers. He flees and ends up working the fields and making "illegal" alcohol like products. One of the workers drinks from his flask and is poisoned so he flees again.
He ends up on the boat of Lancaster Dodd who turns out to be like an L. Ron Hubbard type character running a cult that is like the Church of Scientology. Dodd realizes that Freddie has issues and uses his unorthodox means to try to treat him and possibly cure him.
Freddie is a drunk who gets into constant trouble and even with Dodd's treatments, he still gets violent at times for no reason. Freddie is a very dark character and Dodd appears to be a shyster with a big cult following. The two actors are amazing in their roles but the film seems to go off on a tangent and things never seem to resolve with Freddie. I can't decide if this was a really good film because it seemed hard to understand at times and also dragged in some places. I still give it four out of five stars.
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