Spick and Span

Rob Thompson

1994, 13:08 minutes, colour, English


A man, a bathtub, and a shotgun. The resulting suicide sets in motion a dark comedy that takes a peculiar look at the conflicting perceptions of those left behind, from the woman hired to clean up the aftermath and the girlfriend who can't cry to the lover who doesn't know he's dead. Spick and Span suggests that some things can't be cleaned up no matter how hard we scrub. This video is another episode in Rob Thompson's ongoing series, "The Dark Ages."

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Critical Writing

Dark Ages: Le temps des indulgences
Rob Thompson: Dark Ages, 1996. Ottawa: The Ottawa Art Gallery, 1996.