CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Film Review: ‘Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal’ Doesn’t Have Enough Bite
CHICAGO – There’s something deeper going on in “Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal,” opening tomorrow at Music Box. I think. It’s about a struggling artist who finds inspiration in a small town when he’s forced to serve as guardian for the title character. Don’t all artists have something in common with cannibals given the way they turn their own (or other people’s) insides into fuel for their creativity? While that’s an engaging and interesting starting place for a horror-comedy, Boris Rodriguez’s movie sadly ends up being neither an effective horror movie nor a memorable satire. It just kind of, pardon me for going there, sleepwalks through its clever set-up.
Thure Lindhardt, so great in “Keep the Lights On,” stars as Lars, a painter who goes to a snowy, secluded town to find his creative muse and does so in the most unexpected of places. During the day, Lars is a teacher, and it’s there that he befriends the silent and stoic Eddie (Dylan Smith). Getting Eddie to break out of his shell through art, it’s clear that Lars has a connection with him. And so he is asked to be Eddie’s caregiver, allowing the burly gentleman to move in with him. One night, Lars stumbles upon a sleepwalking Eddie with blood around his mouth. He sees a decimated rabbit corpse and, inexplicably, finds his artistic muse. The graphic violence inspires creativity. Before long, Lars isn’t just painting again, he’s funding the school at which he works with the profits. So, a few bad guys are getting eaten in the middle of the night – the kids get a new swimming pool. Who’s really getting hurt?
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The cast of “Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal” is strong from top to bottom even if Rodriguez gives them disappointingly little to do. I really like Lindhardt as an actor. In both this and “Lights,” he finds unique approaches to his characters and I could very easily see him finding a breakthrough role that brings him to household name status. Georgina Reilly is beautiful and engaging as the romantic lead, Smith brings a nice physicality to Eddie, and the always-great Stephen McHattie is wonderfully slimy as Lars’ agent.
Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal
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