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A most impressive first film. Derek Jacobi turns in a state of the art performance, as usual. Mayberry keeps the narrative quite thin, reserving his focus instead for the complexity of his characters and their interrelationships, making no apologies for its renderings of mostly unlikable people, especially Bacon himself. I was surprised to discover that George, Bacon's lover, is the true protagonist, and the story belongs as much to him as to Bacon. The cinematography is like an intriguing character in itself. Mayberry uses distorted images through wavy glass and warped mirrors to ingeniously paint his own real life version of Bacon's painting which were not allowed to be shown in the film by his estate.
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