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The half-way house to which Spider is sent when he is released from the institution is run by Mrs. Wilkinson (Lynn Redgrave). A stern woman, Mrs. Wilkinson rules her residents with a good deal of rigour and discipline. This is not an ideal landlady for a man as sensitive and fragile as Spider, and he soon begins to confuse her with his childhood nemesis, Yvonne.
Terrence (John Neville), who lives in the boarding house, is Spider's lifeline, the one individual who is able to talk to and, an some strange level, understand him. But not even Terrence can save Spider from the spiraling madness into which he seems to be descending as he starts to visit his childhood haunts. Soon, Spider's attempts to sustain his delusional account of his past begin to unravel as he is driven to believe that Mrs. Wilkinson is actually Yvonne—the woman who he believes destroyed his family and was responsible for the death of his mother.
As Spider claws through the falsehoods he has woven around himself, he begins to arrive at the truth about his childhood and about his mother's death. The truth will take him to the very Limits of his faltering sanity.
His films have won him awards and recognition around the world, among which is an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the University of Toronto, which he received in June 2001. He was invested with "Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters," bestowed by France in 1990 and upgraded in 1997 to "Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters." In 1999, he presided over the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Written by: Patrick McGrath
Produced by: David Cronenberg, Samuel Hadida, Catherine Bailey
Cinematography: Peter Suschitzky
Editing: Ronald Sanders
Production Design: Andrew Sanders
Costume Design: Denise Cronenberg
Make-Up & Hair: Stéphan L. Dupuis
Original Score: Howard Shore
Main Cast: Ralph Fiennes (Spider), Miranda Richardson ( Yvonne / Mrs. Cleg ), Gabriel Byrne (Bill Cleg), Lynn Redgrave (Mrs. Wilkinson ), John Neville (Terrence), Bradley Hall (Boy Spider), Gary Reineke (Freddy)
Nominations and Awards
- Screen International Award (for a non-European film) 2002