that’s always perplexed me about The Red Shoes.
Lermontov is always perfectly groomed and impeccably dressed at all times. The only time we ever see him lose control at all is at the end when he has to announce Vicky’s death. Up until that point even his anger is icy and controlled. A Type-A if ever there was one.
So why is his villa in shambles? Weeds growing up through the steps; dead, unkempt lawns and gardens; peeling paint and poorly covered graffiti. The place gives off a distinct air of abandonment; it seems as though the only inhabitants are ghosts.
In a film so filled with subtext and allegory I find it incredibly hard to believe it’s an accident that, that space is one he owns. At the same time though it hints at a duality to Lermontov’s character that is otherwise not expressed in the film. I find it so perplexing because neither explanation makes sense. Maybe in another film I could buy that it’s used purely aesthetically, but not this one. On the other hand it doesn’t feel as though really adds or explains anything in Lermontov.
The more I watch this movie the more I obsess on it.