MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,326 this week

Careful (1992)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,248 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 29 critic

In the Alpine village of Tolzbad in the 1800s, the townsfolk talk quietly and restrain their movements lest they incur avalanches. This atmosphere lends itself to repressed emotions - shown... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 14 Aug 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 23 May 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Careful" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Careful (1992)

Careful (1992) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Careful.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A father and son ride the rails in their powerful locomotive. Witnessing a crash between two other engines, they rescue the lone survivor, Berenice, and make her a part of their family. All... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Jim Keller, Brandy Bayes, Caelum Vatnsdal
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Musical mantra derived from machine-gun micro-montage.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Noam Gonick, Caelum Vatnsdal, Simon Hughes
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A student needs to deliver a short film as a homework, which has to be shot in just one sequence. He writes an erotic scene and invites an older woman to act in his project ¿The problem? ... See full summary »

Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
Stars: Julián Pastor, María Rojo, Esteban Soberanes
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

In this outlandish black comedy, Eric, a mild mannered man, takes his wife and his children on what he believes will be a final happy holiday before his kids leave the nest. Instead of a ... See full summary »

Director: W. Scott Peake
Stars: Frank Harper, Gina Bellman, Phoebe Thomas
Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier
Passion (1999)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Peter Duncan
Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Barbara Hershey, Emily Woof
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Marcia Ferreira, Breanna Rose Taylor, Eric Wood
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An impressionistic series of images inspired by "Tales From the Gimli Hospital".

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Michael Gottli, Angela Heck, Darcy Fehr
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The patriarch of a troubled clan dies, but the resentment and yearning of the eldest son conspire to bring the errant father back for periodic visits in an only partially living state. ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: D.P. Snidal, Margaret Anne MacLeod, John Harvie
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Talia Pura, CindyMarie Small, Johnny A. Wright
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A partially paralyzed teenager is failing to have sex for the first time. He's eager but clumsy and sickly, so the local country girls reject him. He starts to realize that the only affectionate person in his life is his beautiful mother.

Director: Gianni Siragusa
Stars: Christian Borromeo, Malisa Longo, Paul Muller
Seances (2014)
Short
Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Neil Napier, Gouchy Boy, Roy Dupuis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle McCulloch ...
Grigorss
Gosia Dobrowolska ...
Zenaida
Sarah Neville ...
Klara
...
Johann
Paul Cox ...
Count Knotkers
Victor Cowie ...
Herr Trotta
Michael O'Sullivan ...
Blind Ghost
Vince Rimmer ...
Franz
...
Sigleinde
...
Frau Teacher
Ross McMillan ...
Chief Steward
Leith Clark ...
Butler Blore
Glen Hubich ...
Butler Schrammel
Brendan Carruthers ...
Mortician
George Toles ...
Countess Knotkers
Edit

Storyline

In the Alpine village of Tolzbad in the 1800s, the townsfolk talk quietly and restrain their movements lest they incur avalanches. This atmosphere lends itself to repressed emotions - shown through the parallel stories of butler student Johann lusting after his mother (an old flame of the mysterious Count Knotkers) and Klara's attraction to her father (who lusts after his other daughter), leading to duels and suicidal plunges galore. All this is shot in the style of an early German sonal film, complete with intertitles, crackly sound-track and 'hand-tinted' colour effects. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

village | count | butler | duel | avalanche | See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 December 1994 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Cuidadoso  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Grigorss: God has left this mountain to the devil. We have all joined his unholy dance.
See more »

Connections

References Greed (1924) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A rare treat on DVD! Thanks, Kino
23 October 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

Will wonders never cease? Here is a DVD that I never thought I'd see. Guy Maddin's brilliant and hilarious (particularly for early film buffs) `Careful.' The plot and style of this film have been well explained by other commentaries on this page and elsewhere, so there's no need to go over it again. My favorite comment about it is that it is like a Ricola ad gone horribly, horribly wrong. Suffice it to say that the DVD is an improvement in image quality. While many of the images are intentionally vague, grainy or indistinct by the choice of the filmmakers, I get the impression that these effects are more clearly conveyed in the DVD. In a spoken commentary track with Maddin and screenwriter George Toles (new to this DVD, and obviously not possible on the VHS edition), Maddin admits that he wanted to add an effect through use of the color controls during the digital transfer, but resisted that temptation in order to let this DVD stand as a faithful representation of the film. While the effect he had in mind might have been interesting, I'm still grateful to him for his restraint.

Maddin claims in his commentary that people often obliquely criticize the performances of the actors in this film while, at the same time, telling him how much they like it, placing him in the position of defending those performances. Maddin states that he absolutely stands by the performances in this film, and that the actors gave him precisely what he asked for. This should dispel any doubts among people who see this film about the unusual, stiff delivery of lines, which might lead people who know nothing about the cast to suspect they are amateurs, which they are definitely not. This sort of line reading can be seen in some of the very earliest talkies. The antiquated sound of this film, along with its look, is all of a piece, and completely intentional, right down to the fake patina of noise added to the mono soundtrack. Maddin does regret some of the props and effects which had to be done on the cheap, due to budget restraints. Who knows how much more bizarre and fantastic it might have looked with a larger budget? On the other hand, it might have lost some of its unique charm. As it is, it's a wonderful piece of work that I find unforgettable, and that has remained vivid in my memory years after first seeing it. Copies of this DVD aren't to be found in abundance, and I don't know how long it will stay in print. If you like this film, do get this DVD now, and tell anyone you know who likes unusual films about it.

Near the end of the film, which hints at a continuation of the story, Maddin says that he may make that sequel some day. I don't know if he was serious about it or not, but I'd sure love to see it.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
the photography shes_dead
Learning to love Guy clauded
Discuss Careful (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?