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Careful (1992)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 March 1994 (Australia)
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... See full summary »


Guy Maddin


Guy Maddin (screenplay), George Toles (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gosia Dobrowolska ... Zenaida / mother
Kyle McCulloch Kyle McCulloch ... Grigorss / son
Brent Neale Brent Neale ... Johann / son
Sarah Neville Sarah Neville ... Klara / Johann's girlfriend
Paul Cox ... Count Knotkers
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... Herr Trotta / Klara's father
Michael O'Sullivan Michael O'Sullivan ... Blind Ghost
Vince Rimmer Vince Rimmer ... Franz / Zenaida's son
Katya Gardner ... Sigleinde / Klara's sister
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 Knotkers


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Klara: Look at this, Grigorss, my mountain hideaway. The two of us can be outcasts here together. We need never see anyone but each other. We can live on berries and grasses, and small animals we can kill with sharp sticks.
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10 November 2002 | by the_raven7See all my reviews

I had to post a review after seeing this film, as most of the above reviewers seemed to gush profusely about the profundity of this film seeing something more than I. Don't get me wrong, I like to watch arty films and can find all the Freudian symbolism, but the asthetic was just plain awful (no matter how remeniscient of "German exprssionistic mountain films" {wot does that actually mean anyway???} it is) and the acting is purely crumby. As a lover of B-Movies, I wouldn't even rank this as a "so bad it's good" film. What a load of drivel. (PS: The documentary accompanying on the DVD shed some light on the small, closeted life of Mr Maddin and helped to explain the films fixation with homoerotica and insest, but didn't really make me want to rush out and find all of this directors work in a hurry!!)

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3 March 1994 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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1.37 : 1
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