Half Spirit: Voice of the Spider (1995)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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This arty French musing on the meaninglessness of life is long on fascinating almost dream-like imagery, but short on traditional narrative. Half Spirit, photographed in yellow-gold hues, sits alone in a locked tile room. She writes her autobiography upon her body. Why she is in there is not revealed until the story's end. Excerpts from her life are filmed in blue, signifying the past. She is seen with her husband, a brutal French policeman who kept her chained to a radiator. Her only company is Jimminy, the spider who lives inside her head and tells her what to do. As per his instructions, she escapes one day and murders her spouse. She then takes off and in flight meets petty drug runner Gil, who is heading for Russia to smuggle nuclear material. Half Spirit begins pursuing Gil, who is also chased by the ruthless heavy the Priest, who works for Gil's boss. Half Spirit too is pursued by a crazed computer analyst, Badfly. He becomes a serial killer after his fiancee kills herself. He tries to kill Half Spirit, but she survives and he becomes her guardian.

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abuse, autobiography, drug-smuggler, escape, killing, mental-illness, murder, nuclear-weapon, physical-abuse, police, smuggling, survivor, torture