If you don’t know why this movie is called fur (and know nothing of Diane’s work,) you will soon have the reasons thrown in your face!
The acting is a bit dramatic and overwrought, but eventually it melded with the fantastical cinematography to simply become a part of the movie for me.
Somehow they managed to make the shaving scene very beautiful. When he is revealed without all his fur one has to think of it as a rebirth for him, emotionally as well as physically.
This is an incredibly erotic film. They manage to make the best of it without really overstepping themselves. For once, I am happy to see a movie that uses sex scenes to develop the realtionships between the characters. They’re shown through the characters emotions, the manner in which they do it, and the cinematography itself. The sex between Diane and her husband was shown as rough, with almost vulgar camera angles while the love scene between Diane and Lionel was gentle, and made into a scene blooming with color.
Though what was happening to him was terrible one really can’t help but dislike Allan Arbus. I might have managed to give him the sympathey that was due had he fought for her at all. She got up in the middle of the night, while he was awake, and she went to Lionel. He knew she was going to Lionel. And he didn’t say a word. It also doesn’t help that despite the irrationality of it all, I found myself rooting for Lionel and Diane.
This film certainly isn’t for everyone. I frequently found myself a bit turned off by its nonsensical surealness but the emotional changes of the characters always pulled me back in.