Eight year-old Seth Dove (Jeremy Cooper) lives in an isolated American prairie community in the 1950s. He fantasizes that Dolphin Blue, a neighboring widow (Lindsay Duncan), is actually a vampire, responsible for a number of disappearances in the area.
After a death in the family, the boy’s older brother Cameron (Viggo Mortensen) returns from military service to help. He and Dolphin begin a romance. Cameron begins to suffer from symptoms of radiation sickness, which Seth blames on the widow. His actions have tragic consequences.
The film is not well-known, but received critical acclaim at Cannes in 1990 and has excellent reviews. Unavailable for many years, it was released on Blu-ray and DVD in 2016.
Articles about Reflecting Skin
The Grinch gives The Reflecting Skin a 5-star rating while warning that it is "definitely not for the squeamish."
Brief review of The Reflecting Skin focuses on Viggo Mortensen's role. "Mortensen doesn't appear until an hour has passed—but when he does he immediately marks himself as one of those actors who doesn't need fancy lighting to be incandescent."
Trailer & Video Clips
Trailers for The Reflecting Skin, plus interviews with Viggo Mortensen and director Philip Ridley.