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Robin Williams develops his sinister presence

Bringing a creepy menace to his role that only a clown can, Robin Williams channels Norman Bates as stalker Sy, a lonely photo technician who starts taking more than a collector’s interest in Connie Nielsen’s family snaps.

Marking the start of Williams’ dark period (see Insomnia and Death To Smoochy), his mild-mannered sociopath shtick is chillingly authentic.

Wrung through with sadness and dread, Mark Romanek’s debut feature, shot in the same sterile palette as Sy’s shirts and slow-building its tension under the glare of a supermarket strip-light, was a good dry run for Never Let Me Go eight years later.

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