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Twin Falls Idaho is the subdued story of brother's Blake and Francis Falls who share a union closer than any other. They are Siamese Twins. Made by identical brothers Mark and Michael Polish. This is a fascinating film steeped in a Lynch like atmosphere of dark interiors, timeless characters and beautiful freaks.
Blake (Mark Polish) and Francis Falls (Michael Polish) share every living minute together. They also share hearts and Francis's is weaker. On the night of their birthday they meet Penny (Michelle Hicks), a beautiful young prostitute who also feels alone in the world. A tentative friendship begins and Penny gets drawn into a unique love triangle.
The synergy Mark and Michael Polish have as twins is clearly evident in this film. The reality of having to share everything with a sibling is revealed in scenes that are both humorous and painful to watch. Blake Falls explains that " The minute I wake up and the minute before I fall asleep. I feel alone. "Inspired by the famous twins Chang and Eng Bunker who were famous in the 19th century. Mark and Michael were keen to show the unique identity of the twins. Like Chang and Eng. Francis and Blake dress impeccably in timeless suits and whisper secretively too each other. They appear to share an intimacy that is almost enviable and is compared in the film to a spiritual marriage.
However Michelle Hicks as Penny less impressed me. Although stunning and Uma Thurman-like, she struggles with her character, and I found her performance a bit grating. The Polish brothers however think she is worthy of a lot of screen time because the film is full endless close ups of her face. Okay guys, she's a pretty girl. But isn't this film supposed to be about you two? There's a nice cameo from Lesley Ann Warren and a scene stealing scene from Garrett Morris as Jesus, and Patrick Bauchau, although a bit portentous, gets to show off his theatrical training as Miles, a worldly doctor friend of Penny's.
Twin Falls Idaho is a quiet well-measured film. Shrouded with an absorbing intimate atmosphere. The direction is a little flat at times and some of the acting questionable but the enigmatic performance by the Polish brothers is intriguing enough to carry the film.