Against the Grain

Against the Grain

2 Episodes

Magic hour meets black magic in two visually stunning slices of Americana set amid rippling wheat fields and bathed in sunset’s golden glow. One of the most gorgeous films ever made, Terrence Malick’s DAYS OF HEAVEN pushes the story of a turn-of-the-century romantic tragedy into the realm of the sublime, thanks to the rapturous cinematography of Nestor Almendros. Its dreamy, Hopperesque aesthetic is unsettlingly mirrored in Philip Ridley’s surreal cult classic THE REFLECTING SKIN, which blends horror and wicked humor into a singularly strange and arresting vampire tale.

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Against the Grain
  • Days of Heaven

    Episode 1

    Directed by Terrence Malick • 1978 • United States
    Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard

    One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philosopher Terrence Malick has created some of the most visually arresting films of the twentieth century, and his glorious period tragedy DAYS OF HEAVEN, featuring Oscar-...

  • The Reflecting Skin

    Episode 2

    Directed by Philip Ridley • 1990 • United Kingdom, Canada
    Starring Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Cooper

    As mysterious deaths plague a small prairie town in 1950s Idaho, eight year-old Seth (Jeremy Cooper) comes to believe that Dolphin Blue (Lindsay Duncan), the reclusive English widow ...