Movies That Came And Went And You Didn't
Twin Falls Idaho
There is a strain of philosophy that believes that you can not
truly define something unless you can also define its opposite.
The Polish Brothers' Twin Falls Idaho is a film whose "high-concept"-premise
(Siamese Twins Meet Hooker) conjures up memories of Tod Browning,
yet delivers an altogether different experience. So, let us look
at all of the things that T.F.I. is not.
Twin Falls isn't a vaudevillian parade of sideshow freaks.
In fact, aside from a brief cameo by a midget (!), Blake and Francis
Falls (Mike and Mark Polish) are the only physical anomalies in
2) Twin Falls is NOT "Twin Peaks." Anytime I read
a review that describes something as "Lynchian", I assume that the
reviewer didn't understand it, and decided to lump it in with all
of the Stan Brakhage and Peter Greenaway films they didn't "get".
Twin Falls eschews the freaks on parade agenda for more resonant,
emotional issues-fear of commitment, attachment anxiety, orphaned
children, and the desire to connect. Unlike the grey, antiseptic
world of Dead Ringers, Twin Falls is a romantic tale,
unabashedly sentimental- the rare independent movie that savors
the details of courting and documents the uneasy side of attraction.
3) Twin Falls doesn't look like the work of first-time filmmakers.
Typically, indie directors assume (correctly) that their first film
may be their only shot at making a film, so they break out every
camera trick in the D-I-Y handbook. The Polish Bros. show a respectable
amount of restraint, instead focusing on creating a dark, lush,
inviting look reminiscent of Vermeer.
4) Most films cart out Beloved 70's Icons like an irony-laced calling
card. "Hey, look we know Soleil Moon-Frye!". Twin Falls peppers
the cast with familiar faces-Lesley Ann Warren, Garrett Morris,
and the guy who played Laszlo in Real Genius (Jon Fries).
William Katt even shows up as a doctor (I guess that would make
him the Greatest American Doctor). The Polish Bros. have the good
sense, though, to cast them in actual plot-advancing roles, not
as nostalgia-is-a-reward window dressing.
Twin Falls Idaho has nothing to do with the Built To Spill
song, Twin Falls. The brothers play twins, their last name is Falls,
and they live on Idaho St. Finally, this is something that falls
outside of the categorical restraints mentioned at the top, but
still bears mentioning. Everybody in this movie has great smiles.
If you're a fan of teeth, twins, or attention-grabbing film debuts
and you didn't see Twin Falls Idaho, it's time to get out
your ass-kicking shoes and spend some quality time alone.