Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (let’s just call it Fur because it’s less of a mouth full!) is a beautiful drama starring Robert Downey Jr and Nicole Kidman. The film explores the years leading up to when Diane Arbus became a photographer. It’s not historically correct, but instead an imagining of what may have led her to pursue her career.
Diane Arbus is a traditional 50’s American wife and mother, with an overbearing photographer husband. When a bizarre masked man named Lionel (Robert Downey Jr) moves in to the flat above Diane’s life changes forever. He suffers from hypertrichosis, a disease which covers the entire body with thick hair; he looks quite a lot like Chewbacca!
Arbus was well known for her photographs that depicted bizarre and disturbing images, particularly her portraits of ‘freaks’. She sneaks out with her husbands camera to take Lionel’s portrait and eventually the pair strike up a relationship, and end up falling in love.
Although Fur wasn’t particularly well received, and not many people have seen it, I thought it was great. The performances are brilliant, as you can imagine from such a cast! The story is all kinds of weird but oddly warm. There are some very awkward moments in the film, but it is altogether a nice love story.
The sets and cinematography are beautiful, the 50’s feel is captured really nicely and, particularly the set of Lionel’s flat, all the furnishings and tiny details are well thought out and atmospheric.
It’s one of those wonderfully weird films that’s so enthralling you just can’t stop watching! It had me hooked, the visual beauty combined with the storyline made it almost poetic. It is very strange, but I like a bit of strange every now and then!
I think this film has slipped under a lot of peoples radars, I’ve not yet met someone who’s seen it other than friends of mine who I watched it with! The consensus was that it’s very strange but very pretty! I would say it’s definitely worth a watch.