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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… Read more

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.

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