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Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)

Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 24 September 2008 (France)
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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gretchen Krich ...
Mother
Sullivan Brown ...
Maya Lawson ...
Sis
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Chance Hale / Wendy Hale
Todd Moore ...
Father
Andrew Loviska ...
Savage Tom
Kellan Larson ...
Neddie
Erik Steffen Maahs ...
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Young Mother
Clayton Corzatte ...
Old Father
Susan Corzatte ...
Old Mother
Megan Murphy ...
Murderous Sister
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Murderous Sister
David Lobo ...
Oarsman
Eric Lobo ...
Oarsman
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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 which served as the orphanage, memories of strange events there overpower him. An undercover investigation by child author/detective Wendy & a revolt by the repressed children, blew open a cover-up by Guy's parents. Wendy disguised herself as her brother Chance and discovered that Maddin's inventor father performed outré scientific experiments on the orphans. Written by David Stevens

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$36,669 (USA) (8 June 2007)

Gross:

$227,064 (USA) (27 July 2007)
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Mother: Will you not shed a tear on my tomb?
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Like a Gothic fever dream
4 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin's ecstatically perverse jaunt into childhood's protracted gestation period is a hypnotic murk-fest filled to the brim with Sturm und Drang neo-psychedelia. Guy (Erik Steffen Maahs) returns to his childhood homestead, a lighthouse to restore it with two coats of paint for an ailing mother. Outsized delirium takes over: ghoulish rituals, surreptitious experiments, demented ghosts, social vampires and other phantasms of psychosis of an overextended memory is underpinned by distinctly Freudian impulses turned into artistic statements. The miscegenation of silent-era aesthetics, a mosaic of encoded visual cues and Maddin's continued fascination with high theatricality punctuated with trippy pop iconography delivers a Gothic fever dream that remains etched in your mind, whether you like it or not.


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