Mental health dysfunction will always be a fascinating topic for cinematic deconstruction - Cronenberg explores how past events are partially responsible for the plight of a disturbed mind and an obsessive complex. Freud and Jung would have a field day with this one.
A very dark, sad and introspective film set around the troubled mind of a mentally ill man played expertly by the great Ralph Fiennes. The spider webs motifs are extremely fitting with the film's themes. The poignant Howard Shore soundtrack grips you from the opening credits of the film. In fact, Cronenberg and Shore always fits together.
A good film, which however, will never achieve what McGrath has done with his book. It seems to me that they have decided to sum up an intense, evocative and complex story in a film which on the other hand, develops just a great atmosphere but misses some crucial and intimate layers about the characters that feel insincere and not authentic.
For what it is, it's exceptionally well crafted and acted and above anything by Nolan. That said, it's still a puzzle film. The problem with this kind of storytelling is how it seems to exploit it's characters by taking their dilemmas and turning them into a crossword puzzle for the audience to solve. The exceptions are films like Marienbad where its unsolvable nature serves to establish a surreal atmosphere.