Twin Falls Idaho.
* Directed by Michael Polish * Written by and starring Michael and Mark Polish * Columbia TriStar Home Video
This languid 1999 Sundance Film Festival favorite probably owes its warm reception to the fact that, in any given year, you don't see a whole lot of movies about conjoined twins. Of course, as one fey character points out in a Halloween party scene, twins represent a major gay fantasy, particularly when the twins in question are the madly attractive Polish brothers (identical, not conjoined), here playing a pair of circus "freaks" holed up in a fleabag hotel and in search of theft mother. Cliches abound--the hooker with the heart of gold, the kindly stranger, the deathbed reunion--but the film comes from a genuine place (these guys know theft material), which gives emotional weight to its quiet lessons about love, acceptance, and separation.