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->''"Mr. Clegg... how many shirts are you wearing? One, two, three... four! Now really, is this absolutely necessary?"''
->''"Oh indeed it is, Madam. Clothes maketh the man; and the less there is of the man, the more the need for the clothes."''

''Spider'' is a 2002 psychological thriller from Creator/DavidCronenberg starring Creator/RalphFiennes, Creator/GabrielByrne and Miranda Richardson, [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on a book/screenplay]] by Patrick [=McGrath=].

It tells the story of a paranoid schizophrenic, the titular Spider (real name Dennis Clegg), who is released from a mental asylum into a halfway house in London. Here he relives his traumatic 1960s childhood as he tries to piece his life back together and come to terms with his madness.

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!!Tropes used in this film include:

* AndYouWereThere: Eventually, all the women in Adult Spider's life [[spoiler: turn into his mother]].
* [[AndThatLittleGirlWasMe And That Little Boy Was Me]]: That we're seeing a FlashBack isn't made apparent until we see Adult Spider repeat and eventually pre-empt Boy Spider's lines.
* DoubleEntendre: A staple of Yvonne's [[SarcasmMode highly cultured conversation]].
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Spider is taken back to the asylum after nearly killing his landlady. But he appears to be starting to come to terms with the fact he killed his own mother.]]
* TheEndingChangesEverything
* FanDisservice: Pretty much any scene involving Yvonne. The base [[{{Squick}} squickyness]] of the scene under the canal bridge is one notable example. Also, seeing the normally dashing Fiennes as a mumbling madman with scraggly hair and hand-me-down clothes is pretty jarring.
* FlashBack: Much of the story is told through Spider's flashbacks... [[UnreliableNarrator even of scenes he couldn't possibly have seen]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Spider being afraid of the gas towers, staring at the canal under the bridge and crying in an allotment.
* FunnySchizophrenia[=/=]TheMentallyDisturbed: Averted; this is a ''very'' anti-Hollywood portrayal of mental illness.
* LimitedWardrobe: Spider seems to wear his entire wardrobe at all times. Lampshaded in a quip from Terrence:
-->'''Terrence''': Clothes maketh the man; and the less there is of the man, the more the need of the clothes.
** This might be an inside reference to ''TheFly'', where Creator/JeffGoldblum's character's only clothes are multiple versions of the same suit, but he doesn't wear them all at once.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Spider characterizes women as either mother figures or whores [[spoiler:enough that a hint of any sexuality turns a woman into Yvonne in his head - even his mother]].
* MeaningfulName: Dennis Cleg is nicknamed 'Spider' by his mother because he likes to make webs with string. The movie is the story of his mental web being constructed and simultaneously unraveled.
* MindScrew: [[ForegoneConclusion It's a Cronenberg film]].
* ReallyGetsAround: Yvonne. [[spoiler: Or so Spider thinks; bearing the UnreliableNarrator in mind, we actually know almost nothing about her.]]
* RummageSaleReject: Adult Spider appears to wear his entire wardrobe at the same time; several pairs of trousers, many shirts and a hulking great shabby overcoat.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: A half-way example. Clegg is horrified to discover that he murdered his mother during one of his hallucinations as a kid. It's the reason he's been institutionalized ever since.]]
* SignatureStyle: The (long) Rorsharch-esque [[ArtisticTitle opening titles]], crisp cinematography of mundane sets and mentally disturbed protagonists.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: TruthInTelevision to an extent; schizophrenia is still a poorly understood illness, and at the period this film is set Britain was busy releasing mental patients into the public with little or no assistance under its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Care_in_the_community Care in the Community]] programme.
* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: Spider, an institutionalized paranoid schizophrenic, has very poor personal hygiene. He also constantly wears at least five layers of clothing which he never seems to change.
* TheUnintelligible: As well as a bad case of the mumbles, [[TheIllegible Mr. Clegg writes constant gibberish in his journal]].
* UnreliableNarrator: The story is filmed from the perspective of a paranoid schizophrenic.
* WindmillCrusader

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