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For his eighth feature, Dwoskin focuses on his own disablement by polio, and its hazards to his emotional and sexual life. It's a strange, riveting mixture of Hal Roach slapstick, vivid confessions, open-hearted self-reflexivity, and Dwoskin's own highly formalist aesthetic of the unblinking look (which had some English feminists hopping mad but reached their European sisters). Dwoskin reinvents the cinema from where Straub left off. The cast ranges through Carlisi from Fellini-land to Jordine from TV'sCrossroads. A haunting documentation of a strange, difficult life; its pratfalls and fetishes, triumphs and disasters. Crutches of fire?

Release details

Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steve Dwoskin
Screenwriter: Steve Dwoskin
Cast: Olimpia Carlisi
Steve Dwoskin
Merdelle Jordine
Derek O'Connor
Tony Haygarth
Marie Manet

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3.8 / 5

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A disjointed and unstructured film typical of Dwoskin, which gets to the heart of what it means to be physically disabled - the stares, the feelings of awkwardness and the feeling that people don't quite know how to interact with you. The scene in which his girlfriend dons his heavy leather and steel leg-braces (callipers) was quite taboo breaking.