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Story

A movie about conjoined (or "Siamese") twins and a prostitute sounds like a bad joke or a sleazy porn flick, but Twin Falls Idaho is actually an eerie, atmospheric story about love and mutual dependence. Penny (Michele Hicks) gets called to a dingy hotel room where she discovers Blake and Francis Falls (twin brothers Mark and Michael Polish). When they go into the bathroom to get her a glass of water, she flees--but forgets her purse. When she returns, Blake and Francis don't get angry; they accept her fear and horror with sad resignation. Their vulnerability draws Penny into their lives, as she learns that the illness of one twin threatens the lives of both. Twin Falls Idaho moves slowly, but the pace never drags. The lush cinematography is drenched in color; the makeup, costumes, and set design feel not quite contemporary and combine to give the movie a dislocated, otherworldly look. The movie was written by the Polish brothers and directed by Michael; though it's their first film, it feels confident and has a sweet, melancholy humor. The performances of the entire cast--including supporting appearances by Patrick Bauchau, Lesley Ann Warren, and Garrett Morris--are consistent and strong. Though clearly influenced by David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks), Twin Falls Idaho slowly becomes a unique and affecting creation. The delicate image of the twin brothers quietly whispering in each other's ears will linger in your memory long after the movie ends. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Mark PolishBlake Falls
Michael PolishFrancis Falls
Michele HicksPenny
Jon GriesLawyer Jay Harrison
Patrick BauchauPatrick Bauchau
Garrett MorrisJesus
Lesley Ann WarrenFrancine

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Michael Polish
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 111 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 18, 2000
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