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Twin Falls, Idaho

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Two brothers with an inseparable bond thought nothing could come between them. Until they met a woman who would change their lives forever.

Blake Falls (Michael Polish) only feels alone for two minutes of each day: the minute he falls asleep and the minute he wakes up. Francis Falls (Mark Polish) understands that if it weren't for Blake, he wouldn't be able to make it. His conjoined twin's heart is very strong. Blake, he knows, could live without him.

The two live in an eccentric hotel peopled with odd characters, talking in a shorthand formed over 25 years. They dress impeccably in a custom-tailored suit, adjusting each others' ties; they dine on cotton candy and on their birthday their only meal is their trademark chocolate cake; they blow out two candles, one at a time. They can keep straight faces while telling outrageous tales from their earlier days in show business. When Francis becomes ill, Blake holds him through the night, the way he always has. Together, they feel complete.

When Penny (Michele Hicks), a beautiful young woman enters their lives, for the first time someone sees the brothers' world from the inside. She makes them think of possibilities when they're certain there aren't any.

Also starring Lesley Ann Warren, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries, Garret Morris and William Katt; Written by Mark Polish and Michael Polish and directed by Michael Polish.

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Wow.

This is one of the best films I have ever seen.

Not only is the story front page tabloid bizarre, it's completely human; not only is it completely weird, it's totally ordinary. Twin Falls, Idaho is a deeply moving and passionate film that actually makes you wish you were a freak.

Apart from the oddies staring and pointing and taking snapshots of the mutants, it seems like a pretty interesting life to be conjoined. There is an intense intimacy that no other two people can share, not lovers, not fraternal (or identical, even though they aren't) twins. Mark and Michael have created a story so true to life that you will believe that you understand what it is like to be conjoined. Their script, performances and Michael's direction draw you into this strange new world like few other films I have ever seen, and I've seen a few!

Adding to my enjoyment is the lentissimo pace. There are no fervid chases, no febrile exuberances, just the deliberate passing of time for people who could not hurry even if they wanted to, yet there is never a moment in Twin Falls, Idaho that drags, that makes you wonder whether to have Macca's or Hungry Jack's for dinner.

Michelle as Penny enters the film like a wild, unpredictable wind, blowing air and light into the twins' dark and gloomy lives. She is impulse where they are deliberation, extrovert to their introversion, exuberance to their caution. Her intensity allows Blake and Francis to define their personalities more clearly, a dichotomy within a dichotomy; ironically, her shadow life gives them the freedom to stand in the light.

There isn't much more that I will say except that Twin Falls Idaho goes so far beyond the real world that it becomes more real than reality itself. You simply have to see it.

NB: The term "Siamese twin" is politically incorrect as it implies that conjoined twins come about because they have Siamese (Thai) ancestors. Not a very nice expression when you think about it, is it?

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

110 minutes (1:50 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 12 July 2000

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