Christopher Smith

Triangle 02

Take a look at any list of movies dealing with autism — we tend to get them around this time, as yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day and April is National Autism Awareness Month — and you’ll never see Christopher Smith‘s Triangle alongside such serious titles as Rain Man, Temple Grandin and the documentary Refrigerator Mothers. Maybe it’s just not well-known enough, although the terribly under-seen Snow Cake (featuring Sigourney Weaver’s greatest performance) is on those lists, and it’s even more obscure. The problem for Triangle is likely to do with its autistic character getting so little screen time. The movie is not about autism or autistic persons on the surface, like those mentioned above. However, there is an argument for the whole thing being representative of an autistic mind. Occasionally filmmakers attempt to depict disorders narratively in the form of metaphorical plots. We’ve seen one that ended up taking place completely inside the head of a man with dissociative identity disorder (aka multiple personality disorder), yet that particular movie is a little too direct in what it’s doing (I’d name it, but I guess that’d be totally spoiling it for anyone who hasn’t seen it). Triangle, on the other hand, might not even be intentionally figurative. Even for a mind-fuck mystery thriller, it’s spawned a lot of discussions and theories about what’s really going on in the story of a woman stuck in a murderous time loop during a sailing excursion, but only a few touch on the idea that […]

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There are no morally sound characters in Black Death, Christopher Smith‘s followup film to Triangle. Nearly every character is a pure bastard. No one in this universe, which is a solid mix of a genre filmmaking and period piece, could be deemed a good person. Oddly enough, though, the most charming character is who some will claim to be the villain: Carice Van Houten‘s charming and intimidating witch. The British director is interested in playing in gray areas and raising questions. If you have seen Triangle, then you should know by now Smith isn’t all about the answers. Black Death may not end on the complete mind-boggling question mark that Triangle does, which Smith himself jokes about, but there are definitely some open ends to be discussed. Here’s what director Christopher Smith had to say about his atmospheric horror film:

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