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Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

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Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

Director:

Panos Cosmatos

Writer:

Panos Cosmatos
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Cast overview:
Michael Rogers ... Barry Nyle
Eva Bourne ... Elena (as Eva Allan)
Scott Hylands ... Dr. Mercurio Arboria
Rondel Reynoldson ... Margo
Marilyn Norry ... Rosemary Nyle
Gerry South ... Skinny Hesher
Chris Gauthier ... Fat Hesher
Sara Stockstad Sara Stockstad ... Anna Arboria
Roy Campsall Roy Campsall ... Sentionaut
Geoffrey Conder Geoffrey Conder ... Mutant
Colombe Meighan Colombe Meighan ... Baby Elena
Ryley Zinger Ryley Zinger ... Unmasked Sentionaut (as Riley Zinger)
Vincente Rodriguez Lima Vincente Rodriguez Lima ... Mexican DJ
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Storyline

Spanning over two decades of research and innovation from the 1960s to the early-1980s, the Arboria Institute--a secluded New Age commune and a state-of-the-art research facility--and the pill-popping psychiatrist, Dr Barry Nyle, are particularly interested in their newest specimen: the female patient, Elena. To begin to understand her mind-boggling telekinetic and telepathic abilities, the demented doctor keeps Elena heavily sedated and in a constant catatonic state; however, her capabilities are unfathomable. What are Dr Nyle's deeper intentions? In the end, could the institute's utopian doctrine be flawed after all? Written by Nick Riganas

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Beyond Science. Beyond Sanity. Beyond Control.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence, disturbing images, a graphic sexual illustration, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Além do Arco-Íris Negro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,957, 20 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,129, 29 July 2012
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Chromewood Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Panos Cosmatos funded the film primarily by royalties from his father's film, Tombstone (1993). See more »

Goofs

In the Arboria Institute's promo film, dated MCMLXVII (1967), the Arboria logo is set in the Avant Garde font. This font was based on the logo of Avant Garde magazine, created in 1968, and wasn't available as a full typeface until 1970. See more »

Quotes

Mercurio Arboria: [while holding baby Elena and before submerging her into the black goo] Your mother's reabsorption into the cycle of life won't be for nothing, my darling, Elena. You will be the dawning of a new era for the human race... and the human soul. Let the new age of enlightenment begin!
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Final end credit: "'No matter where you go, there you are.' - B. Banzai" See more »

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References Manhunter (1986) See more »

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Angel Dust
performed by Venom
written by Jeffrey Dunn/Anthony Bray/Conrad Lant
published by Notting Hill Music (BMI)
courteous of Universal Records/Sanctuary
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A heart attack set to film
22 August 2012 | by wandereramorSee all my reviews

Beyond the Black Rainbow is a sensory experience more than anything. Visually, it's full of strong colours and strange images, while aurally it comes at you with overpowering droning and noise. It's hard to find an easy comparison to the kind of stuff this film throws at you, and that can only be a good thing. Director Panos Cosmatos (what a name!) and his team have to be complimented for their imaginations.

The film itself is a tribute to sci-fi B-movies, but more than that it feels like a defense of experimental film itself: the strange is cooped up, institutionalized and dissected while the world of banal blockbusters rages outside. Of course, even without that reading this is a great example of experimental film that attacks on a level even the most conventional viewer has to feel.

This probably won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for me it's a strong contender for film of the year. At the very least it's a reminder that there are still new avenues to explore in film, ones that don't follow the comforting traditions of either Hollywood or the art-house.


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