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Cowards Bend the Knee (2003)

Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (original title)
It's time for hockey! There's no telling what will happen when the Winnipeg Maroons' own star player Guy becomes embroiled in the twisted lives of Meta, a vengeful Chinoise, and her ... See full summary »

Director:

Guy Maddin

Writer:

Guy Maddin
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darcy Fehr ... Guy Maddin
Melissa Dionisio Melissa Dionisio ... Meta
Amy Stewart ... Veronica
Tara Birtwhistle Tara Birtwhistle ... Liliom
Louis Negin ... Dr. Fusi
Mike Bell Mike Bell ... Mo Mott
David Stuart Evans David Stuart Evans ... Shaky
Henry Mogatas Henry Mogatas ... Chas
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... Maddin Sr.
Herdis Maddin Herdis Maddin ... Grandma
Marion Martin Marion Martin ... Mrs. Maddin
Aurum McBride Aurum McBride ... Baby
Bernard Lesk Bernard Lesk ... Stickboy
Erin Hershberg Erin Hershberg ... Customer / Stylist
Erika Rintoul Erika Rintoul ... Customer
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Storyline

It's time for hockey! There's no telling what will happen when the Winnipeg Maroons' own star player Guy becomes embroiled in the twisted lives of Meta, a vengeful Chinoise, and her hairdresser/abortionist mother Liliom. Innocent Veronica, caught in the middle, is treated to both services! Meanwhile poor, dithering, cowardly Guy can only stand by and watch. Written by Anony-Moose

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Originally presented as a gallery installation at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2003, and then two months later at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, in which viewers watch the movie through ten peepholes lining a wall, each one revealing a different six-minute chapter of the film. See more »

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My Least Favorite Guy Maddin film
3 July 2006 | by claudecatSee all my reviews

I've seen many of Guy Maddin's films, and liked most of them, but this one literally gave me a headache. John Gurdebeke's editing is way too frenetic, and, apart from a tour-de-force sequence showing a line of heads snapping to look at one object, does nothing but interfere with the actors' ability to communicate with the audience.

Another thing I disliked about this film was that it seemed more brutal than Maddin's earlier works--though his films have always had dark elements, his sympathy for the characters gave the movies an overriding feeling of humanity. This one seemed more like harshness for harshness' sake.

As I'm required to add more lines of text before IMDb will accept my review, I will mention that the actor playing "Guy Maddin" does manage to ape his facial expressions pretty well.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,030, 15 August 2004

Gross USA:

$25,860

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,860
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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