Ambiguously set ten years after something known only as 'the collapse', the world of The Rover is one of endless dusty vistas inhabited by catatonically
violent thugs and fringe-dwellers.
JANE HORROCKS is happiest when playing a character completely divorced from her normal life, whether it's dotty Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous or a catatonically
shy girl in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
Only that's not a solution for anyone in the modern world, except those who are not really part of it anyway--hippies, heiresses, wives of the super rich and the catatonically
But, at the same time, there's a frustrating unevenness of tone, with some characters appearing almost catatonically
stilted (and that's not meaning the son force-fed Valium) while others are frenetic and cartoonish in comparison.
The note is loaded with cruft, the extent of which has not been fully appreciated: even Jeffrey Karnicky, who claims that the filmography's entries reveal the work's "asignifying stasis," really argues that they represent (signify) that stasis via how the films' characters are made catatonically
passive by the spectacles they watch (91-123).
I was a catatonically
shy child, very blonde so that when I blushed I turned screaming pink, and unable to muster thoughts in the panic of standing up in front of people.