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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)
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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:
Originally presented as a gallery installation at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2003, and then two months later at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, in which viewers watch the movie through ten peepholes lining a wall, each one revealing a different six-minute chapter of the film.See more »

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4 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Dead Life, 10 August 2007
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

When you love someone deeply, everything seems deep. When you love them in reality, sometimes the experience is ordinary.

Real films have that element of romance and in a way a filmmaker has arrived in my life if he or she makes a film that doesn't affect me. But of course that's after this person has already burned a door into my heart.

Maddin is on my list of the very best filmmakers, and on a much shorter list of the ones that matter and are still working. He's changed the way I dream. Some of the visual humming I do to myself is his tunes. So I consider it a sort of triumph to have a relationship with him where he says something that matters to him, and he says/shows it with the same skill as before... and it doesn't matter to me.

Its a sort of transcendent Zen thing to be able to know something so deeply to be able to discard it easily.

This is a film put together from his own life. Its a different sort of narrative adventure than we usually get from him. Usually we have an inner substrate, a narrative model made explicit in the movie that is preserved enough for us to see the contrast between it and the way we are seeing it. A virgin's diary, a sad song. Here, the narrative is a life proper. The reason it fails for me is that I already know what I need to about this mind, because he gave us sticky artifacts that are sent out into an ether where souls flit. This time, he cannot do that, the artifacts stick to his embodied life, not mine. For me to accept this, I'd have to have some sort of resonance with him as a human.

And I don't. I cannot. Its part of the arrangement when you begin as we have: he's the sender, I'm the lucid receiver. We both cannot be receivers, the way he has structured his art. I think I will advise you to stay away from this if you are serious about Maddin. It will take me some time to recover the ability to accept things from him as selfless, world-connected art.

He knows this. There's a bunch of business about humans as wax statues.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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