A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.
Critique: Strange little film is the blackest of comedies. The story is told from Michael's P.O.V so everything looks abstract and weird. Attention to detail of setting (50s Americana), production design and costumes is very rewarding. Bob Balaban's craftily directed 'Pax Americana' scenes seem aesthetic and distant. The film has strong thematic qualities with David Lynch's own subversive 'Twin Peaks' society of evil lurking underneath a wholesome facade. Lynch's own regular composer, Angelo Bandalamenti, provides the music.
It also benefits from the stylistic brushes of cinematographer-turned-director Barry Sonenfeld. The use of sweeping, low-angle shots (illustrating this child's nightmare world) and use of hand-held are wonderful. The subversive overtones of the film make it not for all tastes.
QUOTE: Michael: "Well, what were they before they were leftovers?"
Dad: "Leftovers to be."
- Nov 15, 1998