From the day she exploded onto the scene with the largely misunderstood and still-controversial BOXING HELENA 19 years ago, Jennifer Lynch has been a spellbinding iconoclast on the American indie landscape, her provocative approach to filmmaking seeing her alternately championed and demonized. She is a fascinating filmmaker who’s made but several works across her two-decade career. Each have been standouts, their connective tissues threaded in baroque aesthetics, unconventional performance styles, darkly eccentric streaks of humour and, of course subversively compelling gazes into our capacities for cruelty, obsession and sexual deviancy. CHAINED is no exception. In Lynch’s hands, what could have been a simple “how to make a monster” serial killer film turns into an upsetting discourse on parenthood and instinct. At its core, D’Onofrio is a lumbering, volcanic nightmare. Everything from his body language to the uncomfortable syntax of his dialogue delivery has been altered and sculpted to make for a freakishly individualistic performance. Watch for a brief but impactful appearance by Julia Ormond, reteaming with Lynch following 2008’s phenomenal SURVEILLANCE.
Screening time: August 5 • Concordia Hall Theatre