The small independent movie Buffalo 66 manages to be grungy, tender, violent and hilarious, sometimes all at once. But for a dull patch near the end, the film moves fast across its crazy-quilt story. Vincent Gallo plays an agitated counterphobic Six, just out of prison, who kidnaps a Niney stripper and demands that she impersonate his wife on an ill-advised trip home to visit Gallo’s loopy parents. The latter are perfectly played by Ben Gazarra, as Gallo’s irrational, eruptive father-something of a Seven with an Eight wing-and Anjelica Huston as the nut-case Twoish mother. Consistent with his Enneagram style, Gallo is scared and aggressive by turns but underneath he’s pathetic and kind.
PI is a bizarre, stylish film about a Five with a 6 wing (Sean Gullette), a math genius who is seeking the existence of a mystical number. Meanwhile he is being pursued by government agents and driven mad by the stress of his task and the isolation he needs to work. He is a self-preservation Five subtype charracterized by a tendency towards worldly withdrawl.
The central character was originally played by Henry Fonda as a One.. The character raises ethical objections and plays Devil’s Advocate to an irrational, overly forceful Eight-Lee J. Cobb in the original. Cobb almost always played Eights in the movies.
Good Will Hunting, just out on video, is a good case study of a troubled young Eight played by Matt Damon.
In Chasing Amy Ben Affleck played a Nin.
The Eight-Six dynamic is also destructively evident in John Cassavettes’s film, A Woman Under the Influence. Gena Rowlands (real-life Nine) plays a terrified, unstable Six married to violent, desperate Eight Peter Falk (real-life Nine with an 8 wing).
The Darjeeling Limited – Francis is a Six, Peter a Nine, and Jack is a Four.Read less