Lewis's cinema is an intensely violent one, seething w/ disruption. Non sequiturs, plot deconstructions, & metacinematic digressions interfere w/ our reaction to the established tenderness between Donna & Willard, a premise of sentimentalism to be found in most of his work. Lewis undermines his climax in favor of structural & literal games. The central metaphor: Uncle Julius aggressively adjusting his lens--our lens.
A broken, haggard down machine, perpetually in a state of starting and stopping as it increasingly falls further apart. The plot line is laid out clearly and simply: Donna Peyton goes to visit each of her six uncles to decide on her new guardian. However in each of these scenarios, we encounter narrative disruption, where the plot goes to great lengths to derail itself so that the audience is placed (cont.)