Two Small Bodies

Director: Beth B
Screenwriters: Beth B, Neal Bell

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


Beth B.'s adaptation of the play by Neal Sell is likely to polarize the audience. Confrontational and nihilistic, it explores relationships, examining, displaying, and stripping away naked assumptions about the theatre. It's not always comforting, but is an extraordinary ride.

A young divorcee arrives home to find her children missing. The detective who comes to investigate is aggressively interrogatory and immediately suspicious. Where are the "two small bodies" and why did she do it? This bizarre beginning transforms into something stranger still. He leaves and he returns, and as the one-on-one continues, there evolves a struggle for power, dominance, resistance and fulfillment. This dramatically revealing gamesmanship—exercised in words, in gestures, and in bodies—becomes a war. As they circle, the balance of power changes, and the game is fought with ever-higher stakes.

Fred Ward and Suzy Amis are powerful presences, displaying both strength and vulnerability. Their attraction/repulsion is fully charged and explosively erotic. As a director, Beth B. exercises a real command over the situation and our reactions to It. If you feel equally engaged and distanced, that's a compelling reason to experience this drama.

Saturday Jan 22 4:00 pm
Egyptian Theatre

Thursday Jan 27 7:20 pm
Holiday Village Cinema II

Sunday Jan 30 10:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre


— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screening Details


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