A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.
Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens.Written by
Terry Gilliam directed this film on a very tight schedule, while on a six month break from The Brothers Grimm (2005). He took the break from the Grimm movie because he and Harvey Weinstein were quarreling about the final cut. As they were threatening to recut completely, Gilliam began to refer to the Weinsteins as the REAL brothers Grimm. See more »
The map of Jutland misspells the West Jutland harbor city of Esbjerg as Ebsjerg. See more »
Performed by Dekko
Written by P. Brown, R. Castiglione, C. Constantinou, B. Reed and J. Stapley
Produced by Peter Brown and Eddie Kramer for Remark Music Ltd
Engineered by Eddie Kramer for Remark Music Ltd
Published by Notting Hill Music Inc (BMI)
(c) Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd 2004 See more »
When the dysfunctional Queen Gunhilda (Jennifer Tilly) dies of overdose, her daughter Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland) travels with her addicted father Noah (Jeff Bridges) to the old and abandoned house of Noah's mother in the country. While her father takes "a vacation" injecting drugs, Jeliza-Rose lives a world of fantasy with her heads of doll Sateen Lips, Glitter Gal, Mustique and Baby Blonde. Noah dies in his trip, and Jeliza-Rose meets the insane Dell (Janet McTeer) and her retarded brother Dickens (Brendan Fletcher), spending most of the time together.
I do not know whether Terry Gilliam was in an acid trip when he wrote the dark, bizarre and insane "Tideland", but it is one of the craziest movies I have ever seen. However, I liked the originality of the story. I could never guess the insanity of the next scene of this unpredictable film. I was also very impressed with the maturity and performance of Jodelle Ferland in her difficult lead work. This little girl is the story, and it is amazing and impressive, for example, the sequences with Jeliza-Rose preparing the dope of her father. The nightmarish atmosphere and the music score complete this original and unique journey to the irrational world of Terry Gilliam. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Contraponto" ("Counterpoint")
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