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Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters (2006)

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.

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Gretchen Krich ... Mother
Sullivan Brown ... Young Guy Maddin
Maya Lawson ... Sis
... Chance Hale / Wendy Hale
Todd Moore ... Father
Andrew Loviska ... Savage Tom
Kellan Larson ... Neddie
Erik Steffen Maahs ... Older Guy Maddin
... Young Mother
Clayton Corzatte ... Old Father
Susan Corzatte ... Old Mother
Megan Murphy ... Murderous Sister
... Murderous Sister
David Lobo ... Oarsman
Eric Lobo ... Oarsman
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$36,669, 8 June 2007, Limited Release

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$227,064, 29 July 2007
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Jalapeño Water
9 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Here's the problem: Maddin is an impressive filmmaker. He is important and has made at least two films that are important to me.

But he is not a very interesting person. So when he applies his mastery to making a personal film - a film essentially about his dreams and demons, it turns into something of a tragedy for the opportunity misspent.

This really is a wonderful film in the way it is put together. The whole team seems be closely attuned, with a central role played by the editor. The sound effects are astonishing - and this is a silent film. The references, duly abstracted, from past masterworks are copious and respectful.

The narrative structure is suitably complex with manifold overlapping metaphors. The problem is that what we actually get directly from him is boring. Sex and mothers matter; dreams are real; nothing recedes. But we knew that better and more deeply than he shows.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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