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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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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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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Out-Lynch's Lynch, 7 December 2005
Author: Polaris_DiB from United States

Understand that I'm getting a bit tired of people comparing every strange movie that comes along to a David Lynch film too. Unfortunately, Lynch is the norm and just about one of the most accessible strange filmmakers out there, so sometimes the comparison is needed for a starting point, like in this case.

This movie is, roughly speaking, the story of a swinging hockey player who gets entrapped in a bunch of relationships, including most prominently one with a scarred daughter who wants her father's death revenged. Her father's killer? Her mother. It includes but is not limited to perverse sexuality, weird psychoses, and severed arms.

It's shot in black and white and is a silent film, which creates for it a sort of removed surreality/abstractness which is, honestly, reminiscent of Eraserhead and Lynch's Lumiere and Company short.

What makes it Maddin's, though, is the use of imagery from his childhood (the barbershop, the hockey players, etc.) set to a blatant sexuality which goes beyond just being blatant but enforces it: you see the sexual image, and then the words follow saying exactly what you were thinking. No more subtlety and deranged fetishes, this is straight-forward Freud and primal scene.

Because of this, this film as a whole remains true to itself and never lets go of its own private Universe, one that we could never live in and yet, terribly, can relate to, figure out, and eventually even understand.

Beyond that, there's not much that can be talked about this movie besides the fact that it there's no common approach to it. It has no genre (besides maybe Silent film) and is disconcerting, requiring a certain level of viewer interaction that most movies don't ask for. For fans of strange and insane cinema, it's great; for anybody looking to be entertained, this is most definitely not for you.

--PolarisDiB

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