MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,583 this week

Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (2003)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 950 users   Metascore: 82/100
Reviews: 9 user | 31 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

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:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 28 Jun 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 31 Jul 2011
 
a list of 266 titles
created 10 Feb 2013
 
a list of 56 titles
created 10 Apr 2013
 
a list of 530 titles
created 03 Jul 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (2003)

Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (2003) on IMDb 7.1/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros
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
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
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Guy Maddin reluctantly returns to his childhood home, an abandoned Canadian island, where his parents ran an orphanage. As Guy fulfills his dying mother's request to paint the lighthouse ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Gretchen Krich, Sullivan Brown, Maya Lawson
Final Flesh (Video 2009)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Ike Sanders
Stars: Melvin, Yvonne, Kesha
Cold V (2014)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin
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
Puberty II (2014)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin
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
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Guy Maddin
Seances (2015)
Mystery
Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Mathieu Amalric
Nude Caboose (2006)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A jovial shirtless man attempts to rouse a contingent of lethargic dancers to life in NUDE CABOOSE. His highjinks really get the deadbeats bustin' out until something unusual catches his ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Darren Anderson, Jim Bell, Mike Bell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Melissa Dionisio ...
...
Veronica
Tara Birtwhistle ...
Liliom
Louis Negin ...
Mike Bell ...
Mo Mott
David Stuart Evans ...
Shaky
Henry Mogatas ...
Chas
Victor Cowie ...
Herdis Maddin ...
Grandma
Marion Martin ...
Mrs. Maddin
Aurum McBride ...
Baby
Bernard Lesk ...
Stickboy
Erin Hershberg ...
Customer / Stylist
Erika Rintoul ...
Customer
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 December 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Et les lâches s'agenouillent...  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$22,940 (USA) (20 August 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alice Krige was Maddin's first choice to play Liliom, but was unable to appear in the film due to an illness. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Simply brilliant – visually a feast, funny, weird, unsettling and, most important of all, actually has a narrative!
19 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In a version of his life, Maddin tells us the tragic story of how the young Guy was once a great ice hockey player with the Maroons, until his girlfriend got into 'trouble'. A visit to a hairdressers-come-bordello-come-abortion clinic leads Guy to fall for Meta, the daughter of the bordello owner Liliom. However Meta wants revenge on her mother and her lover (Shaky – Guy's friend) for the murder of her father (who's blue hands she still has in a jar). A sinister 'transplant' by Dr Fusi, sets Guy on the road to destruction – all for the 'joy, joy, joy of finding love'.

I saw this film at a film night recently dedicated to showing several of Maddin's short films and this semi-feature. 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 the one I had actually come to see, but I didn't know anything about it and I wondering if Maddin would do his usual selective-substance thing over the whole 60 minutes. 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.

With 'Cowards' I didn't have to worry long; after a first scene that seems to set the whole story within a drop of sperm the film manages to retain Maddin's usual flair of the weird as well as setting up a story that is an enjoyable narrative flow – in other words, you're not riding on influences and style for the whole hour. Far from the case; in fact this film is funny, weird, engaging and just plain great! This is not to say that the story takes place in the real world – it doesn't, it is still very weird and strangely comic/weird but it still hangs together. The stretch to an hour shows a little bit towards the end but I still really enjoyed it.

The cast do a great job acting considering they are never heard (it's silent of course!) and they emulate the silent era acting really well. Fehr's Guy is great and he delivers the comic lines (well – 'cards') as effectively as he does the darker stuff. Dionisio is great and conveys so much with her face and, it must be said, a fantastically gorgeous face it is too! Stewart has less of a presence in a smaller role but Birtwhistle is funny as the oversexed mother and support is good from Negin (sinister), Evans (all-American) as well as a few of Maddin's own family members.

Overall this is a great film but one that will put many viewers off by the nature of its content. It is dark, it features full male nudity and it is totally silent – with dialogue cards that have French subtitles. To understand what I'm saying you really need to see (experience) it for yourself but take it from me: I am the first to highlight the weaknesses in substance with Maddin's shorts but here he has a good narrative that sacrifices none of his visual style and feel of the weird, wonderful, dark and comic. A brilliant film that is worth hunting down.


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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Good News! DVD Release treasurecat
Soundtrack? polystyreneman64
Title? locomotivebreath83
Love you Meta hockeynut16
Attn: Maddin fans in Los Angeles area treasurecat
original video instalation djbalance1200

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?