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Careful (1992)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 March 1994 (Australia)
The wary residents of a 19th century mountain village must tread carefully and speak softly lest they cause an avalanche. Sexual frenzies teem in this world of repression, setting off incestuous love triangles with deadly consequences.

Director:

Guy Maddin

Writers:

Guy Maddin (screenplay), George Toles (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle McCulloch Kyle McCulloch ... Grigorss
Gosia Dobrowolska ... Zenaida
Sarah Neville Sarah Neville ... Klara
Brent Neale Brent Neale ... Johann
Paul Cox ... Count Knotgers
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... Herr Trotta
Michael O'Sullivan Michael O'Sullivan ... Blind Ghost
Vince Rimmer Vince Rimmer ... Franz
Katya Gardner ... Sigleinde
Jackie Burroughs ... Frau Teacher
Ross McMillan Ross McMillan ... Chief Steward
Leith Clark Leith Clark ... Butler Blore
Glen Hubich Glen Hubich ... Butler Schrammel
Brendan Carruthers Brendan Carruthers ... Mortician
George Toles George Toles ... Countess Knotgers
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Storyline

In the Alpine village of Tolzbad in the 1800s, the townsfolk talk quietly and restrain their movements lest they incur avalanches. This atmosphere lends itself to repressed emotions - shown through the parallel stories of butler student Johann lusting after his mother (an old flame of the mysterious Count Knotkers) and Klara's attraction to her father (who lusts after his other daughter), leading to duels and suicidal plunges galore. All this is shot in the style of an early German sonal film, complete with intertitles, crackly sound-track and 'hand-tinted' colour effects. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Quotes

Grigorss: God has left this mountain to the devil. We have all joined his unholy dance.
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Bizarre but affectionate homage to the German Expressionist style
6 May 2003 | by henri sauvageSee all my reviews

Hilariously demented: Take camera work and set design inspired by "The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari" and the early talkie "Svengali", scenario and dialogue that might have been written by Ibsen (under the influence of peyote), then put a creature from Alpha Centauri doing his first English-language film in the director's chair and you get some idea of what this movie is like.

If there's not something wrong with you, you won't like this movie at all, but there's much here that twisted sensibilities will find appealing. Consider yourself warned.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1994 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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