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The Forbidden Room

  • Comedy
  • Mystery
  • 2015
  • Guy Maddin
  • 119 mins
  • 12A

Summary

In this non-linear amalgamation, submarine crewmen and a woodsman wend their way through a voyage of odd experiences.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In 2012, Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson collaborated on an exhibit at the Pompidou Centre called Seances, which saw them shoot a short film each day in a bid to invoke the spirits of lost or forgotten films. The playful nostalgia that informed that project is very much in evidence in this amalgam of 17 mini-sagas and a slew of fragments and digressions. Centring on bathers, submariners, lumberjacks, flower girls, charlatans, vampires and scheming skeletal maidens, the narratives are filled with familiar faces like Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Maria de Madeiros, Geraldine Chaplin and Charlotte Rampling. Once again, Maddin draws his inspiration from cinema's transitional phase between silent and sound, and he is abetted wonderfully by production designer Galen Johnson and cinematographer Stéphanie Weber-Biron. But kudos should really go to the effects team that gives the digital imagery an atmospherically antiquated feel and to editor John Gurdebeke, who links the vignettes, pastiches and asides with a mesmerising dream logic that makes it easy to overlook the odd misfire or moment of self-indulgence.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
CesareRoy Dupuis
MargotClara Furey
Count Yugh / The butler / The dead father / Guard / PharmacistUdo Kier
Thadeusz M_ / OstlerMathieu Amalric
The Master Passion / Nursemaid / Aunt ChanceGeraldine Chaplin
The Blind Mother / ClotildeMaria de Medeiros
The Ostler's MotherCharlotte Rampling
SisterElina Lowensohn

Crew

rolename
DirectorGuy Maddin
DirectorEvan Johnson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Soda Pictures
Released on
2015-12-11
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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