by David Ng
Wade Whitehouse is one of the most complicated characters that filmmaker Paul Schrader has ever committed to the screen. This is quite an accomplishment for the creator of such memorable basketcases as Travis Bickle, Patty Hearst, and oddly enough, Jesus Christ. But Schrader out-schraders himself in Affliction, a film he directed and adapted from the Russell Banks novel. At the epicenter of this film lies Wade Whitehouse, a police officer of a snowy New Hampshire town who repeatedly edges towards insanity, and then pulls back, as if afraid of what he sees. Schrader's film documents his short but convoluted journey from eccentricity to madness.
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