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Genre Thriller
Running Time 120 min
MPAA rating Unrated
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Neighboring farmers (Miranda Richardson, Rita Tushingham) believe that a pregnant architect (Kelly Reilly) somehow stole a baby that was meant to be born into their family.

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Sep 30, 2007 - cockandbull on Puffball
Love it

Loath it or love it, once you've seen Nicolas Roeg's latest offering -
Puffball - you'll probably never be able to forget it. Roeg has delved
into the psyche of the male animal and returned with disturbing images
of life, death, religion and sex. Puffball is as haunting and
memorable as the best he has done before.

Kelly Reilly plays an architect who is refurbishing a derelict house
in the wilds. When she arrives with her lover she is watched by an old
woman who is possibly a witch and means the visitors no good. This
almost familiar opening does not lead down a predictable path –
Puffball takes myriad twists and turns and surprises and manages to
remain original and engrossing. Supported by stunning and atmospheric
photography in rural Ireland the plot twists and meanders to an
exciting and satisfying conclusions. It is how Roeg waves his spell
that is so fascinating and unforgettable. There is little erotic
content – sex is brutal and cruel and ultimately a woman's body is the
receptacle for hopes and ambitions that surpass the male lust for
immediate satisfaction.

The cast is excellent. Miranda Richardson is convincing as the woman
who aches to give birth, Rita Tushingham is compelling as the sinister
old lady who weaves her spells and incantations and the always
excellent Donald Sutherland makes a brief but significant appearance.

Not a film for screen slouchers, Puffball demands attention and
rewards with a haunting tale of rebirth and redemption. The Screenplay
is by Dan Weldon adapted from Fay Weldon's novel. Puffball is
disturbing but rewarding. Nic Roeg has given us another great film and
for that we should be thankful.

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