Picks and Pans Review: Twin Falls Idaho
Mark and Michael Polish, Michele Hicks
Twin Falls Idaho gets under your skin. A weird, dreamy and even sentimental film about conjoined twins (once called Siamese), it turns what could be creepy into a richly haunting tale of dependence and love.
Blake and Francis Falls (played by real-life identical twins Mark and Michael Polish, who also cowrote Twin, which Michael directed) are first seen in a grungy motel room. A forlorn prostitute (Hicks, in a striking debut) comes calling and, after overcoming her initial revulsion, befriends the two and begins a tentative romance with Blake (Mark). Complicating things further is that Francis is possibly dying. “Maybe I’ll call you when I’m single,” Blake jokes mirthlessly. As Twin Falls slowly reveals its multiple stories and meanings, it takes viewers on a journey that will leave few hearts untouched. (R)
Bottom Line: Strangest movie of the year, and one of the best