One Hour Photo is one of those films that seems to have slipped under many radars. Starring Robin Williams, some may even believe that it is for a younger audience, much like some of the more familiar films that he has starred in.
This is no kids film.
Robin Williams plays as a clerk at a shopping mall photo-kiosk, where he takes great pride in his work. He narrates for some of the film, in character, to tell us about what he faces day-to-day, and how fascinated his character, Si, is with photography.
We watch as he meets a regular family, the Yorkins to the kiosk, (the mother played by Connie Nielsen) and develops their film – and keeps a copy of the photos for himself. It is here that we learn Si is no ordinary guy. The scenes change, and we are led to his apartment, where he has an entire wall of this families photographs.
The film is about his characters descent into a form of mania, as he stalks the family, trying to imagine himself as part of it, and it is one of the best films I have seen for a long time.
Robin Williams performance is outstanding, and I cannot recommend it enough.
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