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SPURNING TRICKS: CHRISTOPHER MÜNCH TALKS WITH LODGE KERRIGAN

LODGE KERRIGAN'S TWO FEATURE FILMS, Clean, Shaven (1993) and Claire Dolan (1998), are harrowing works because they deal with harrowing lives. The subjects of schizophrenia and prostitution have been addressed elsewhere in film, but perhaps never before have they been given such unblinking scrutiny. When Clean, Shaven was screened in New York at New Directors/New Films seven years ago, a discomfited audience viscerally experienced the terrifying auditory hallucinations that torment the mentally imbalanced protagonist, who may or may not have committed a murder. Likewise, the dissociated sex in which Claire Dolan engages (to satisfy a debt incurred in the care of her ailing mother) is disturbing when it isn't utterly excruciating to watch, as audiences at Cannes discovered in 1998. Like Robert Bresson, Kerrigan strips both dialogue and plot down to their barest essentials, eschewing exposition,

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