the wailing

FilmWatch Weekly: Our Bodies, Our Selves

Losing control of your physical self is a primal fear that's examined or exploited by more than one movie opening this week in Portland.

Several of this week’s movies deal with bodies and our control (or lack of control) over them. Some characters obsess over their appearance, and that of others, while others find themselves prisoners in their own flesh. Not sure what this says about the global zeitgeist—probably nothing—but in a time when the body politic, at home and abroad, seems to be thrashing thoughtlessly about, maybe the fear of irrational behavior becomes especially sharp.

A scene from the Polish film "Demon," playing in the Portland Jewish Film Festival.

A scene from the Polish film “Demon,” playing in the Portland Jewish Film Festival.

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