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Cowards Bend the Knee (2003)

Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (original title)
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 »

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Veronica
Tara Birtwhistle ...
Liliom
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Mike Bell ...
Mo Mott
David Stuart Evans ...
Shaky
Henry Mogatas ...
Chas
Victor Cowie ...
Herdis Maddin ...
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Marion Martin ...
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Baby
Bernard Lesk ...
Stickboy
Erin Hershberg ...
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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 hairdresser/abortionist mother Liliom. Innocent Veronica, caught in the middle, is treated to both services! Meanwhile poor, dithering, cowardly Guy can only stand by and watch. Written by Anony-Moose

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29 December 2004 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,030 (USA) (13 August 2004)

Gross:

$22,940 (USA) (20 August 2004)
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Alice Krige was Maddin's first choice to play Liliom, but was unable to appear in the film due to an illness. See more »

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My Least Favorite Guy Maddin film
3 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen many of Guy Maddin's films, and liked most of them, but this one literally gave me a headache. John Gurdebeke's editing is way too frenetic, and, apart from a tour-de-force sequence showing a line of heads snapping to look at one object, does nothing but interfere with the actors' ability to communicate with the audience.

Another thing I disliked about this film was that it seemed more brutal than Maddin's earlier works--though his films have always had dark elements, his sympathy for the characters gave the movies an overriding feeling of humanity. This one seemed more like harshness for harshness' sake.

As I'm required to add more lines of text before IMDb will accept my review, I will mention that the actor playing "Guy Maddin" does manage to ape his facial expressions pretty well.


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