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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Unmasked Sentionaut (as Riley Zinger)
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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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Did You Know?


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


Dr. Nyle drives through the Fraser River Tunnel in Richmond, British Columbia in 1983, but the glowing yellow LED lane markers were only installed in the tunnel in the early 2000s. See more »


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 Manhunter (1986) See more »


performed by SSQ
written by Jon St. James & John Van Tongeren
published by Jon St. James/FT Music/John Van Tongeren
Courtesy of FT Music & Jon St. James
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A heart attack set to film
22 August 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Beyond the Black Rainbow is a sensory experience more than anything. Visually, it's full of strong colours and strange images, while aurally it comes at you with overpowering droning and noise. It's hard to find an easy comparison to the kind of stuff this film throws at you, and that can only be a good thing. Director Panos Cosmatos (what a name!) and his team have to be complimented for their imaginations.

The film itself is a tribute to sci-fi B-movies, but more than that it feels like a defense of experimental film itself: the strange is cooped up, institutionalized and dissected while the world of banal blockbusters rages outside. Of course, even without that reading this is a great example of experimental film that attacks on a level even the most conventional viewer has to feel.

This probably won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for me it's a strong contender for film of the year. At the very least it's a reminder that there are still new avenues to explore in film, ones that don't follow the comforting traditions of either Hollywood or the art-house.

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