WHAT IT IS: Diane Arbus, a homemaker and a celebrated photographer, discovers her passion for photography through her association with human freaks.
HOW IT IS: Where director Steven Shainberg’s Secretary, was about sadomasochism and repressed desire, Fur is a deeper exploration of sexually non-normative behaviour and longing for companionship. Like Secretary, its strong points are in the settings of erotic scenes, but unlike its predecessor, the story here seems to drag on for way too long, and some of its parts are uneven. It owes a lot to Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932) for its depiction of human freaks insofar that it portrays them as more than just novelty acts or unnatural creatures and infuses them with human warmth and compassion. From that perspective, Fur is an interesting work but ultimately flawed.
IF YOU LIKE: Freaks, Secretary.
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