Twister

  • 93'
  • USA
  • 1989
A comic portrait of an unusual, unconventional but very American family which doesn't know what to do with its huge wealth. Father Cleveland (Harry Dean Stanton) is a self-made millionaire thanks to puke-green lemonade and mini-golf courses. He is contemplating the idea of breeding mini-cows, but is afraid of losing them in the tall grass, where they would fall foul of turkeys and chickens. He is about to get married to Virginia, a local television personality. His son Howdy exhausts himself in Byronian poses (including strokes with a whip), seeking leather clothing which suits his guitar and singing awful songs which are a mixture of new wave and Celtic poetry. Cleveland's daughter Maureen drinks too much, has a little daughter Violet and regards herself as a 24½year-old failure. The mother of the house has happily escaped the family and is in an institution.Twister doesn't look at first sight like a film, it is more like a novel that someone is reading at their own pace; the film is filled with pauses, detours and dead ends. Considering everything, no event is any more important than another.Almereyda's feature-film was well received in the USA. Variety: 'Connoisseurs of the off-beat will tumble for Twister, Almereyda's sly comedy about an eccentric Kansas family.'
Director
Michael Almereyda
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1989
Festival Edition
IFFR 1993
Length
93'
Medium
35mm
Language
English