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Director:
Writer:
Guy Maddin (writer)
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Release Date:
29 December 2004 (France) See more »
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Plot:
It's time for hockey! There's no telling what will happen when the Winnipeg Maroons' own star player... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Darcy Fehr ... Guy Maddin
Melissa Dionisio ... Meta

Amy Stewart ... Veronica
Tara Birtwhistle ... Liliom
Louis Negin ... Dr. Fusi
Mike Bell ... Mo Mott
David Stuart Evans ... Shaky
Henry Mogatas ... Chas
Victor Cowie ... Maddin Sr.
Herdis Maddin ... Grandma
Marion Martin ... Mrs. Maddin
Aurum McBride ... Baby
Bernard Lesk ... Stickboy
Erin Hershberg ... Customer / Stylist
Erika Rintoul ... Customer
Charlene Van Buekenhout ... Customer
Sherrill Hershberg ... Customer
Kathryn Stuart ... Customer
Lauren Ritz ... Customer
Rebecca Sandulak ... Customer
Kirstin Ward ... Customer
Billy Dee Knight ... Customer
Ricardo Alms ... Hockey Player
Craig Aftanas ... Hockey Player
Jim Crawford ... Hockey Player
Mike Silver ... Hockey Player
Bob Unger ... Hockey Player
Mark Yuill ... Hockey Player / Cop

Caelum Vatnsdal ... Hockey Player
Matt Holm ... Hockey Player
Meghan Greenlay ... Stylist
Erin McKenzie ... Stylist
Richard Orlandini ... Wax Maroon
Don Hewak ... Wax Maroon

Stan Lesk ... Wax Maroon
Ted Avent ... Wax Maroon

Jon Ted Wynne ... Wax Maroon (as Ted Wynne)
Ian Yorski ... Wax Maroon / Cop
Dave McDonald ... Wax Maroon
Steve Burke ... Cop
Robert Enright ... Cop
Spencer Maybee ... Cop
Brad Jonasson ... Cop (as Bradley Jonasson)
Shauna Evans ... Audience Member
Tracy McBride ... Audience Member
Rodney LaTourelle ... Audience Member
Alex Khizder ... Audience Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moses ... Toby

Erica Genereux Smith ... Customer (as Erica Smith)

Directed by
Guy Maddin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guy Maddin  writer

Produced by
Philip Monk .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Guy Maddin 
 
Film Editing by
John Gurdebeke 
 
Production Design by
Shawna Conner 
 
Art Direction by
Craig Aftanas 
 
Set Decoration by
Shauna Evans (decors)
Brad Jonasson (decors)
Zarah Laszlo (decors)
Rodney LaTourelle (decors)
Deb Mosher (decors)
Jesse Peterson (decors)
Michael Stecky (decors)
Ian Yorski (decors)
 
Costume Design by
Meg McMillan 
 
Makeup Department
Beverley Hamilton .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tracy McBride .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruben Guzman .... assistant director (as Rubén Guzmán)
Rebecca Sandulak .... first assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ruben Guzman .... associate director of photography (as Rubén Guzmán)
Ruben Guzman .... second cinematographer (as Rubén Guzmán)
Geoff Heath .... best boy
Scott Jaworski .... gaffer
Spencer Maybee .... key grip
Rebecca Sandulak .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Ruben Guzman .... associate director (as Rubén Guzmán)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Blue Hands" - Canada (English title) (subtitle)
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Runtime:
60 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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 »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
So you think you have seen a few strange films in your time, eh?, 28 October 2003
Author: paulduane from London Bridge

Well, this is quite probably one of the most uncategorisable films I've seen - you couldn't possibly call it a comedy, with its beauty salons that moonlight as abortion clinics/brothels, and its disturbingly self-lacerating portrait of the director as a cowardly lecher and cold-blooded murderer. But parts of it are hilarious. Go figure. In brief, the plot concerns Guy Maddin, hockey player for the Winnipeg Maroons, who takes his pregnant girlfriend to the above-mentioned clinic for a termination and then leaves her (literally in the middle of the procedure) for the brothel-keeper's beautiful daughter, played with incandescent and slightly scary intensity by Melissa Dionisio (that surely cant be her real name, can it?) only to discover that she can't allow herself to be touched by a man's hands (an uncharacteristically direct quote from Lon Chaney's 'The Unknown') until her father's murder has been avenged. And then she produced the jar in which she keeps, preserved, her father's hands... After that we get a twist on that old chestnut 'The Hands of Orlac', combined with a surprisingly explicit dose of sexual excess and weird psychology, as young Guy ends up in deep trouble of every sort imaginable, through his own inability to control his lusts. Told in ten chapters of six minutes apiece, this was intended as a gallery installation but it works just fine as a movie. As long as you don't mind a regular dose of jawdropping strangeness and a large splash of shocking, unfathomable directorial masochism.

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