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

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Be Careful of So Many Things - But Watch This Movie
8 May 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I love Guy Maddin's work and this is my favourite of his films. It's odd and unsettling and it sticks with you long after you've watched it.

It's definitely not the most accessible of his works, but I like it. It's been described as a "pro-repressionist" movie, but I don't think that's entirely accurate.

The people portrayed in the village are deeply repressed and one small push makes their whole stack of cards morals come tumbling down. It's tale of three brothers and their trials and tribulations.

Their father is deceased and one brother, Vince Rimmer as Franz, is an invalid confined to the attic, who can do little more than watch as his brothers are tempted and run amok.

First Brent Neale as Johann, then Kyle McColloch as Grigorss give in to their desires and forbidden longings with tragic consequences. Kyle McColloch is a Maddin regular and he shines here.

Engagements are broken, people have knife fights and their mother is seeking to re-marry.


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