By Michael Slezak
Updated September 11, 2006 at 09:20 PM EDT

Fur (Nov. 10) So the good news is that this "imaginary portrait" of Diane Arbus doesn't cough up the typical "brilliant hero fights childhood demons and then triumphs/self-destructs" biopic hairball. Maybe because it's not really a biopic at all, but more a matter of director Steven Shainberg (Secretary) introducing fictitious elements into Arbus' journey from '50s housewife to groundbreaking photographer. The mysterious tone (bunnies! masks! a muy hairy Robert Downey Jr.!) is certainly the kind of thing at which Nicole Kidman excels (I still get flashback-chills from The Others); so long as Shainberg doesn't let things devolve into total art-house daffiness, this could be a sleeper on fall's Important Movie calendar. Your thoughts, folks?

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