The Reflecting Skin

A young boy affected by family difficulties imagines a world full of fantasies. He becomes convinced that one of his neighbours is a vampire…

First feature film and one of very few – 3 films in 20 years – for Philip Ridley, british director but also an all-around artist (photography, painting, sculpture, theatre…), The Reflecting Skin sets in stone the obsessive questioning of an author whose characters get lost in their search of meaning, try to escape reality via a paranoid and mystical interpretation of the world. For Ridley, confronting real life is a quest where violence, as graphic as it may be, is always served with poetry.

Country of production: UK | Year of production: 1990
Directing by: Philip Ridley
Writing: Philip Ridley | Cinematography: Dick Pope
Music: Nick Bicât | Produced by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Cooper
Distributor: Zootrope
Duration Aspect ratio Screening Language Subtitles Audience
96 min 1.66 English French