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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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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowards Bend the Knee See more »

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alice Krige was Maddin's first choice to play Liliom, but was unable to appear in the film due to an illness. See more »

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A unique voice in cinema
30 September 2009 | by dewanevlSee all my reviews

Many people have compared Maddin to David Lynch - although there are some psycho-sexual similarities, they have it wrong. He's the Tom Waits of film. To watch his films requires not the suspension of disbelief, but an open subconscious.

Throw your mind away and enjoy this film. Hockey players ensconced in sperm and a combination beauty salon, brothel, day care center and abortion clinic all make appearances here. And an interesting story mixing "Hands of Orlac" in reverse and...well, a lot of Maddin. Unlike any film experience you'll see, but you'll come away a better and more open person because of it. And Melissa Dionisio is the most stunning actress I've ever seen on screen.

For people new to Maddin, I'd recommend starting with The Saddest Music in the World, which really works as a movie and a story and almost makes sense from a realistic point of view.

I come away from his films glad that we have somebody who thinks like that, and glad that he put it on film.


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