Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

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Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.



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Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence, disturbing images, a graphic sexual illustration, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 December 2010 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Além do Arco-Íris Negro  »

Box Office


CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,957 (USA) (18 May 2012)


$56,129 (USA) (27 July 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Barry Nyle's pills are from Benway's Pharmacy. Dr. Benway is a recurring character in the works of William S. Burroughs. See more »


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Rosemary Nyle: Barry... you're not wearing your appliances.
Barry Nyle: I don't want to wear them any more.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there is a shot of a Sentionaut action figure lying on the floor while the distorted electronic speech that Nyle heard over the phone is audible in the background. See more »


References Begotten (1990) See more »


Inside Out Flower
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If you are into weird movies (like me), you will probably dig this
13 November 2011 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

OK so for convenience, I'll just break it down to the kind of people who will like this movie, vs. those who won't. You pick your category and then you will know if you should see it. Because 1 out of 20 people will love this, and the rest will think it is the worst movie ever.

You will love it if: 1: You felt 2001 could have been even slower paced and still be awesome 2: You love really thinky sci-fi even if it doesn't involve people shooting aliens 3: You are crazy in love with 80's hair styles and weird synth music (this movie takes place in 1983, and takes that responsibility VERY seriously) 4: You loved Agent Smith's delivery of lines in The Matrix, and would have liked it if he talked even more slowly and threateningly 5: You think the only good sci-fi is 70's Russian sci-fi

You will hate this movie if: 1: You enjoy having more than one person deliver lines over the course of two hours (basically one speaking part in this movie, though the actor does a good job) 2: You don't like when movies are very, very pretentious 3: You like your movies to generally make an effort to make sense (at one point I swear the main guy gets a phone call from Speak-n-Spell) 4: You don't like when movies spend a considerable amount of their running time trying to injure the viewer's senses 5: You like a really good ending (if you look over the reviews, whether people loved or hated this movie everyone agrees the ending was weak)

All things considered, I really liked this movie, and so did the people I saw it with. But that's a bunch of film geeks. If you're a weird film geek too, I recommend it.

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