Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for sexual content and language
DVD Features: Writer/director/actor commentary; "Anatomy of a Scene" sundance channel featurette; "Making of" featurette; "The Charlie Rose Show" interview with Robin Williams and Mark Romanek; Theatrical trailer and TV spots.
One Hour Photo
Written and directed by first-timer Mark Romanek, this is a purely psychological chiller. Like "The Conversation" and "Taxi Driver" those weird loner movies of the 1970s, "One Hour Photo" goes deep into the mind of a troubled person, taking the time to understand him from the inside out. Williams still winds up an ambiguous character, obviously sick and demented, but also a human being for whom the audience can feel understanding, if not sympathy. This is a tightly controlled and nuanced performance, empathetic and frightening at the same time. After two recent serious performances in "Death to Smoochy" and "Insomnia" - this one's sure to be remembered at Award time next winter. Claire Neilsen, Michael Vartan and Dylan Smith as their son - beautifully play the "perfect" family that is the reason for Sy the photo guy's "mad" obsession.