7.1/10
396
2 user 3 critic

Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity (1995)

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:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Careful (1992)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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: Guy Maddin
Stars: Kyle McCulloch, Gosia Dobrowolska, Sarah Neville
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Nikolai, a mortician, and Osip, an actor playing Christ in a play, are brothers in love with the same woman. Anna, a state scientist and said woman, is in love with both brothers and ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Leslie Bais, Caelum Vatnsdal, Shaun Balbar
Archangel (1990)
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An amnesiac soldier, seeking his lost love, arrives in Archangel in northern Russia to help the townsfolk in their fight against the Bolsheviks, all quite unaware that the Great War ended three months ago.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Michael Gottli, David Falkenburg, Michael O'Sullivan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

It's time for hockey! There's no telling what will happen when the Winnipeg Maroons' own star player Guy becomes embroiled in the twisted lives of Meta, a vengeful Chinoise, and her ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Darcy Fehr, Melissa Dionisio, Amy Stewart
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's gothic novel DRACULA, presented in a style reminiscent of the silent expressionistic cinema of the early 20th Century. This work employs the subtle and ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni
Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Peter Glahn is released after years of incarceration as a political prisoner and is now returning to his homeland, the mythical Mandragora where the sun never sets. On board the ship home, ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Pascale Bussières, Shelley Duvall, Frank Gorshin
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

While their mother is dying in the modern Gimli, Manitoba hospital, two young children are told a tale by their Icelandic grandmother about Einar the Lonely, his friend Gunnar, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Kyle McCulloch, Michael Gottli, Angela Heck
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Musical mantra derived from machine-gun micro-montage.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Noam Gonick, Caelum Vatnsdal, Simon Hughes
My Winnipeg (2007)
Documentary | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Louis Negin
Night Mayor (2009)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Winnipeg, 1939: Bosnian immigrant Nihad Ademi conceives of a way to harness the power of the Aurora Borealis in order to broadcast imagery of his vast and beloved adopted land from coast to coast to coast.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Nihad Ademi, Mike Bell, Timna Ben Ari
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 | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Talia Pura, CindyMarie Small, Johnny A. Wright
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jim Keller ...
Keller (as James Keller)
Brandy Bayes ...
Berenice
Caelum Vatnsdal ...
Caelum
...
Lil' Caelum
John Teunissen ...
Zeppelin Pilot
Ron Eyolfson ...
Pastor Osbaldison
Edit

Storyline

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 is well until the father and son become rivals for the girl's affections and perform a series of dare-devil feats to win her heart. She runs off with a zeppelin pilot, and, after Keller mounts a brief kidnapping attempt, the despondent men are left to their bizarre fates. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

7 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Odilon Redon i to mati, san ena periergo baloni, iptatai os tin aioniotita  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Towards Infinity (A. Edgar Poe, Paris, G. Fischbacher) 1882 by Odilon Redon © The Museum of Modern Art New York Gift of Peter H. Deitsch See more »

Connections

Featured in Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Little substance for the casual viewer but plenty of style and imagination
19 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A father and a son work the railway together and are happy until a day that they witness a crash. They rescue the sole survivor – a beautiful woman called Berenice who they welcome into their small family. However with time the father and the son both fall for Berenice and the competition for her threatens to rip them apart – but will she bring them the happiness they desire?

I saw this short film at a film night recently dedicated to showing several of Maddin's short films and his recent 'Cowards Bend at the Knee'. Despite the event being a little amateurish in its organisation, with a late start and 20 minutes spent watching a band tidy up in front of the screen, I enjoyed the evening and was glad for the chance to see several of the films for the first time. This film was one of the ones that I had seen for the first time and, like many of Maddin's films I struggle to get into it in the short period that it ran for. This I consider to be a problem with his shorts – sometimes, unless you are really aware of his influences then you'll struggle to get the substance of the short (kind of like watching Shrek without any knowledge of popular culture – you just wouldn't know what it was trying to do). However, the visuals are always impressive and even someone with only a passing knowledge of the silent movie period should be able to enjoy the sheer imagination and flair that Maddin directs with.

The substance here is weird – very weird and in this regard it matches the visuals, which are also very strange, a bit unnerving and occasionally quite funny. Supposedly inspired by Redon's sketch, the plot is less important than the style and imagination. Bearing this in mind I liked the film for what it was but I suggest that only Maddin fans and those coming to him for the very first time will fall down and worship this film. I enjoyed it but contest that his best work is where he develops a firmer structure and clearer narrative to place his imagination within (Dracula & Cowards Bend at the Knee being two very good examples of this).

Overall, the casual viewer (such as myself) may find the substance lacking due to its reliance on us to know Maddin's influences etc but the style, pace and imagination in this short make it well worth watching just to experience it if nothing else.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?