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Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)

Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 24 September 2008 (France)
Returned home to his long-estranged mother upon a request from her deathbed, a man raised by his parents in an orphanage has to confront the childhood memories that have long haunted him.

Director:

Guy Maddin

Writers:

Guy Maddin, Louis Negin (narration) | 1 more credit »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gretchen Krich Gretchen Krich ... Mother
Sullivan Brown Sullivan Brown ... Young Guy Maddin
Maya Lawson Maya Lawson ... Sis
Jake Katherine Morgan-Scharhon ... Chance Hale / Wendy Hale (as Katherine E. Scharhon)
Todd Moore Todd Moore ... Father
Andrew Loviska Andrew Loviska ... Savage Tom
Kellan Larson Kellan Larson ... Neddie
Erik Steffen Maahs Erik Steffen Maahs ... Older Guy Maddin
Cathleen O'Malley ... Young Mother
Clayton Corzatte Clayton Corzatte ... Old Father
Susan Corzatte Susan Corzatte ... Old Mother
Megan Murphy Megan Murphy ... Murderous Sister
Annette Toutonghi ... Murderous Sister
David Lobo David Lobo ... Oarsman
Eric Lobo Eric Lobo ... Oarsman
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Storyline

Guy Maddin reluctantly returns to his childhood home, an abandoned Canadian island, where his parents ran an orphanage. As Guy fulfills his dying mother's request to paint the lighthouse which served as the orphanage, memories of strange events there overpower him. An undercover investigation by child author/detective Wendy & a revolt by the repressed children, blew open a cover-up by Guy's parents. Wendy disguised herself as her brother Chance and discovered that Maddin's inventor father performed outré scientific experiments on the orphans. Written by David Stevens

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Certificate:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Brand Upon the Brain! See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,412, 13 May 2007

Gross USA:

$263,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$298,982
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot in nine days and edited over three months. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: What's a suicide attempt without a wedding?
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Guy Maddin's last movie is hypnotic, stylistic and fascinating.
19 April 2007 | by bar_saydamSee all my reviews

I had recognized Guy Maddin with his short movie. I had watched it on my friend's suggestion, and I liked Maddin very much. After that, I was obsessed with Maddin. Maddin's unaccustomed editing and imaginative film language affected me. Maddin's last movie, "Brand Upon the Brain!", had a successful affect on me once again. Maddin's imagination combines his childhood memories in the his last movie. The Director says, "This movie is %96 real. All movie are about my childhood memories."

Maddin is inviting us on a strange journey. He is starting in the present time and going to the past, of course accompanied by Maddin's frantic editing and his abnormal images. Maddin is hovering different types during the movie. Sometimes the movie is turning into a horror movie or a science-fiction movie. Especially in the lighthouse where Maddin used an important factor of tension in the movie. Maddin used Expressionism while composes the lighthouse. In this way, the lighthouse seems like a monster. Creepy, uncanny and strange...

Little Maddin has a despot mother, a busy father and an adolescent sister. These things are causing tension for little Maddin. At this point, the director is benefiting from that tension and changing his movie type. The Director's expression is resembles fable book; simple and illustrated. This expression is adding comic aesthetic to the movie. Also, the director is using sexuality in specific Maddin style. Especially, he is emphasizing human libido. In this way, he is using sexuality with aggressiveness. Finally, Guy Maddin's last movie is hypnotic, stylistic and fascinating. Maddin doesn't frustrate his fans, he has created a great film once again.

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