Twin Falls Idaho

Written, directed by and starring identical twins Mark and Michael Polish (they both wrote the script; Michael directed), this moody oddity is easy on the eyes but offers little substance beneath the stylish surface. Kohl-eyed beauty Penny (Michele Hicks), who turns casual tricks while waiting for her modeling career to take off, arrives at a seedy hotel...read more

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Written, directed by and starring identical twins Mark and Michael Polish (they both wrote the script; Michael directed), this moody oddity is easy on the eyes but offers little substance beneath the stylish surface. Kohl-eyed beauty Penny (Michele

Hicks), who turns casual tricks while waiting for her modeling career to take off, arrives at a seedy hotel for a rendezvous with a stranger named Francis Falls (Michael Polish). She's surprised to find Francis's brother Blake (Mark Polish) by his side, but the Falls have little choice in the

matter: They're conjoined twins, attached at the torso and sharing a middle leg. At first Penny is disturbed, but she soon warms to the brothers' gentle manners and off-beat sense of humor. When she again meets the Falls on Halloween, Penny finds herself strangely attracted to Blake, a development

about which Francis, who depends on his brother for survival, is none too happy. The film has a slow and pensive tone, but for all its lyrical pretensions it lacks real poetry. The script glosses over themes of dependency, loneliness and love, offering tantalizingly vague dialogue in lieu of

insight. Some intriguing sexual undercurrents arise but then go undeveloped. It is, however, gorgeous to look at and lovely to listen to. With its vintage decor, flickering lights and minimalist romantic score, this handsome and technically accomplished first feature owes a strong stylistic debt

to David Lynch's "Twin Peaks." The film's real originality lies in the brothers' amazing physical performance: Bound together by a well-concealed corset, one anticipates the other's every move as they hobble around in their three-legged, two armed suit, whispering softly into one another's ears.

It's eerie to watch, and it says more about their unique relationship than such heavy-handed symbols as a two-dollar bill and set of chopsticks.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Written, directed by and starring identical twins Mark and Michael Polish (they both wrote the script; Michael directed), this moody oddity is easy on the eyes but offers little substance beneath the stylish surface. Kohl-eyed beauty Penny (Michele Hicks)… (more)

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