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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: the funniest movie about death I’ve ever seen

Damn the Scots, anyway, for their sense of humor that is so gut-wrenching… or is it for their attitude toward grief that is so funny? From my review of Orphans:

Orphans is grief from the inside out: the sudden sense of realizing the world is not permanent, the heightened awareness of the life all around you and the rage that it can all go on oblivious to your suffering, the conflicting emotions that inspire both laughter and tears at the ridiculousness of it all. When we see, at Mrs. Flynn’s funeral, the lengths to which Thomas is willing to go in his self-appointed role as the dutiful son… Well, I don’t think I’ve ever giggled and wept at the same time like that at a movie before.

review of Orphans, posted 03.10.00

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