Monday, June 30, 2003

I too was moved by The Straight Story, but a different emotion kept me from fully drowning in tears. Bafflement. I had come to expect a certain amount of eccentricity when viewing David Lynch's films -- dancing dwarves, severed ears, transmigrations of souls -- so to see a "straight" narrative where I expected a "slant" was perplexing. Rated G! Walt Disney Productions! In a way, The Straight Story is a better example of Lynch's practice of ostranenie than his more typically "strange" films because he upsets our expectations of what a David Lynch film can be.

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