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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.

Director:

Guy Maddin

Writers:

Guy Maddin, Louis Negin (narration) | 1 more credit »

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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
Katherine E. Scharhon ... Chance Hale / Wendy Hale
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:

$36,669, 8 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$227,064, 29 July 2007
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mother: God has poisoned my existence!
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Incredible Silent Film
16 May 2007 | by whirrrrlSee all my reviews

A gorgeous mix of distressed super-8mm visuals, and with the supreme live accompaniment, superbly crisp sound effects which evoke everything from summers past to cracking vertebrae...I was fortunate enough to see Mme. Isabelle Rosallini perform her interdiction with gusto, particularly Mum's screams. The score was brilliant, disturbing, sultry and ultimately, perfectly rendered.

Occasionally, it was actually good to enjoy the 'silence' of the film as well, during breaks in the film.

What will Maddin come up with next? If I can make a suggestion, I think Savage Tom deserves a feature-length work of his own: 'Savage Tom's Cabin.'


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