Drama : Javier Bardiem, awful in No Country For Old men

Javier Bardiem, awful in No Country For Old men

Yes, or no? I certainly think so. Why? Firstly, sociopaths don't get all emotional, taking about, "Everything...you stand to lose e v e r y t h I n g". They are not prone to nuance and affect and conveyance of emotion. Javier needed to play this role cold, but he blew it by delivering all that ridiculous dialogue when it came time to kill somebody.

And, you know what? Dustin Hoffman blew it in Rainman. Autistic people don't behave like that. "And then Charlie made a joke," he says wistfully...

Re: Javier Bardiem, awful in No Country For Old men

Dear Javier. In general I try to be polite at this board, and this may well be the first time I am not so. If anyone knows so little about autists and psychopaths as you, he or she should certainly not be so arrogant.

As regards Rainman I shall quote from Edward Dolnick (1998): Madness on the Couch. Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis.

“Compare Hinckley with Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man (the portrayal of autism was so accurate that the film mighty have been a documentary.”) (p. 13)

“A woman named Ruth Sullivan tells a similar story. The fifth of her seven children, Joseph, is autistic. Now thirty-six years old, Joseph was one of Dustin Hoffman’s models for Rain Man. The movie stuck faithfully to the facts of autism, Sullivan says. The feats that seem most incredible – Raymond’s memorizing the telephone book, or recognizing at a glance that a box contained 246 matches, or multiplying 1,739 by 5,826 in his head as quickly as someoine else could punch the number into a calculator – are all taken from life.” (p. 175)

“Ruth Sullivan, the woman whose son was a model for Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man” (p. 185)

- - - At present the diagnosis “psychopathy” is no longer used in the Western world. It is not included in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). But I shall not grumble about a word since it is perfectly clear what you have in mind. However, there are different varieties of psychopaths, just like there are different varieties of autists. (I actually wrote a little in my doctoral thesis about one female autist who was said to be “the most dangerous woman in Sweden”.)

Re: Javier Bardiem, awful in No Country For Old men

Hello, dear Max! How have you been?


Re: Javier Bardiem, awful in No Country For Old men

I thought he was pretty terrific myself...