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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 »

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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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

Certificate:

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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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Careful you don't miss a great film!
18 July 2005 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

Guy Madden is almost like the David Lynch of Canada. His films have a look all of their own; blending surrealism with German style expressionism. The grainy slightly faded style of his films, make them appear from another era. "Careful" is filmed in a bright Technicolor style that's visually dazzling. The film contains Icelandic folk lore with dark humor. The story concerns a town living in the mountains. They have to watch their every move so they don't cause an avalanche. So they try to keep quiet and not make much noise out of fear. Many of the characters have strange incestuous desires that lead them to insanity. Especially Yohan and his fantasies about his mother. Yuck! This is one strange film, with picturesque landscapes that look like they jumped out of a Salvador Dali painting. If you are looking for a disturbing candy colored dark comedy, careful you don't pass this opportunity up.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1994 (Australia) See more »

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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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