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Guy Maddin reluctantly returns to his childhood home, an abandoned Canadian island, where his parents ran an orphanage... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Gretchen Krich ... Mother
Sullivan Brown ... Young Guy Maddin
Maya Lawson ... Sis

Katherine E. Scharhon ... Chance Hale / Wendy Hale
Todd Moore ... Father
Andrew Loviska ... Savage Tom
Kellan Larson ... Neddie
Erik Steffen Maahs ... Older Guy Maddin

Cathleen O'Malley ... Young Mother
Clayton Corzatte ... Old Father
Susan Corzatte ... Old Mother
Megan Murphy ... Murderous Sister

Annette Toutonghi ... Murderous Sister
David Lobo ... Oarsman
Eric Lobo ... Oarsman
Sarah Harlett ... Adopting Couple
Dan Tierney ... Adopting Couple
David Armo ... Orphan
Erica Badgely ... Orphan
Riley Calcagno ... Orphan
Jesa Chiro ... Orphan
Munya Chiro ... Orphan
Bailey Gibart ... Orphan
Frank Hughes ... Orphan
AnnieRose Kafer ... Orphan
Emma Kelley ... Orphan
Eleanor Kopf ... Orphan
Sam Kopf ... Orphan
Charlie Lachow ... Orphan
Sam Lachow ... Orphan
Maia Lee ... Orphan
Emma Mercer ... Orphan
Lucia Moser ... Orphan
Madeleine Moser ... Orphan
Eli Pruzan ... Orphan
Connor Russell ... Orphan
Electra Fire Scott ... Orphan
Vincent Scott ... Orphan
Iris Seiwerath ... Orphan
Ruby Seiwerath ... Orphan
Olivia Spokoiny ... Orphan
Maya Sugarman ... Orphan
Augustine Vanden Brulle ... Orphan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Isabella Rossellini ... Narrator (voice)
Clara Grace Svenson ... Baby Mother
Anna Wichman ... Orphan

Directed by
Guy Maddin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guy Maddin 
Louis Negin  narration
George Toles 

Produced by
A.J. Epstein .... executive producer
Joy Fairfield .... co-producer
Jaime Hook .... associate producer
Amy Jacobson .... producer
Gregg Lachow .... producer
Jody Shapiro .... executive producer
Philip Wohlstetter .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jason Staczek 
Cinematography by
Benjamin Kasulke 
Film Editing by
John Gurdebeke 
Casting by
Joy Fairfield 
Production Design by
Tania Kupczak 
Art Direction by
Noel Paul (co-art director)
Apryl Richards (co-art director)
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Labbienti 
Costume Design by
Laura Catigniani 
Nina Moser 
K.D. Schill 
Makeup Department
Denise Giago .... key hair stylist
Denise Giago .... key makeup artist
Daniel Wolcott .... makeup artist
Daniel Wolcott .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Joy Fairfield .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benjamin Kasulke .... second unit director
Tyson Theroux .... second assistant director
Anna Waggoner .... assistant director
Art Department
Rena Bussinger .... props manager
John DeShazo .... set/prop builder
Wing Gee .... tech designer
Tom Phillips .... props
Sean Porter .... tech designer
Tivon Rice .... props
Alan Strathmann .... props
Curtis Taylor .... set designer
Sound Department
John Bosch .... sound recordist
Caoimhe Doyle .... live foley artist
Stefan Fraticelli .... live foley artist
Goro Koyama .... live foley artist
Andy Malcolm .... live foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley recording assistant
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer
Murray Trider .... sound recordist
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Don White .... live foley mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sullivan Brown .... camera operator
Dave Hanagan .... gaffer (as David Hanagan)
Brad Heck .... assistant camera / camera operator
Benjamin Kasulke .... camera operator
Jennifer Maas .... grip
Guy Maddin .... camera operator
Danielle Morgan .... assistant camera
Danielle Morgan .... camera operator
Kevin Philbin .... grip
Courtland Premo .... grip
Adam L. Weintraub .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Cheryll Hidalgo .... additional editor
Tim Maffia .... digital color grading
Michelle M. Witten .... assistant editor (as Michelle Witten)
Music Department
Timothy Huling .... orchestrator
Bob Ingalls .... orchestrator
Cary LoGrande .... orchestral part preparation (uncredited)
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... publicist
Mike Casassa .... production coordinator
S.J. Chiro .... craft service
Andy Spletzer .... script supervisor

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"Brand Upon the Brain!" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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95 min
Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | France:Tous publics (with warning) | Singapore:R21 | USA:Not Rated
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Hollywood wouldn't dare and the independent forces of North American don't have the gall to try it anymore, 8 August 2007
Author: Dustin Luke Nelson from United States

'Brand Upon the Brain' is the perfect example of the kind of intriguing art-film still taking place in remote sects around the world. The kind of film that will go unnoticed by the majority of the film-making and film-going world. The film is heavily stylized and all the more engaging for it. The cinematography is washed out, hazy, even intentionally blurred at times, but consistently breath taking and beautiful. The starched white's bleed into the blacks establishing a nostalgic, dream-like quality. Overall the film is consistent in looks with Guy Maddin's 2003 silent film 'Cowards Bend the Knee,' it is myriadly more comprehensible than 'Cowards,' while by no means stepping into any mainstream consciousness. The film, for all practical purposes, is silent, but is lead, throughout, by an animated Isabella Rossellini, who often narrates the action, at other times is the voice of the characters or the voice of their subconscious. The film also heavily relies on naturalistic noises, artificially produced as sound effects to sporadic events taking place. This treatment of sound, so well executed that Maddin's crew deserves an Oscar for best sound editing, contributes to the overall sense of a hazy dream state. Which is precisely where we join the main character of the film, Guy Maddin, as the film opens. He is traveling by canoe back to the island that he grew up on. His family and a host of orphans inhabited a large lighthouse on an ambiguous island. His mother is dying and needs him to repaint the lighthouse, with two coats, so that she may visit it before she dies and remember it how it was. As he paints he realizes he is painting over the past and becomes lost in memories of abandonment, sexual promiscuity and confusion, an over- bearing mother, a treacherous and loving sister, immoral scientific experimentation, and the hi-jinx of a child brother/sister detective team, among other acts of sexual experimentation, near incestuous contact, voodoo curses and paganism. To say the least the film is sprawling, but it is pulled together nicely through cyclical imagery and themes (though this film is out there, the cyclical nature of themes in films about families is pretty standard), but it works nonetheless. The editing of the film is up to par for Maddin. Jarring, painfully emotional and crass. Another aspect of this film that will likely be overlooked by the advertising teams whom decide what films people are going to go and see. The film is short, only clocking in at around an hour and a half, but it is fast paced and the kind of film that you walk out of knowing, whether you felt it was brilliant or not, that it was worth how ever much you had to pay for it, a unique experience that Hollywood will never be able to offer an audience and that the assimilating forces of independent film don't offer audiences often enough.

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