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

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Panos Cosmatos

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Panos Cosmatos
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Cast overview:
Michael J Rogers ... Barry Nyle (as Michael Rogers)
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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Trivia

At the end of the promotional video for "Arboria" at the very beginning of the movie, the roman numerals for the copyright date translate to 1966. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Nyle drives through the Fraser River Tunnel in Richmond, British Columbia in 1983, but the glowing yellow LED lane markers were only installed in the tunnel in the early 2000s. See more »

Quotes

Barry Nyle: [to Elena while interrogating her] You know this is always the highlight of my day.
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Crazy Credits

Final end credit: "'No matter where you go, there you are.' - B. Banzai" See more »

Connections

References Begotten (1989) See more »

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Inside Out Flower
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written by Tae Won Yu/Rachel Carns
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Mercurial indeed.
9 September 2012 | by Benton_PhillipsSee all my reviews

I heard about this title mid 2011 and has been near the top of my list ever since, not sure what the delay was in distribution but it's been quite a wait, which fuelled my desire to see this film. The instant I saw the trailer I was certain this was my kind of film, vague dialogue hinting a hidden depths, long drawn out scenes with sinister undertones and beautifully crafted futurism styled sets (maybe a little to Kubrick-esk) but still great looking. Everything was in place for a successful romp around a mercurial world spawned and brought to life in nightmarish vision by Panos Cosmatos.

But, for all it's promise and as much as I really wanted to love this film it did fall a little flat. The set design is beautifully crafted, and the high photography levels of some of the scenes is something to be admired, but on occasion a little arbitrary as some scenes did not drive character or narrative forwards nor did it express or emphasis emotions.

The narrative is overly grand which I like (keep it simple) and is deliberately slow and off-paced, which will definitely separate the film lovers from the average watcher that may have stumbled across this film, as you will need to invest a little concentration. There was a downfall to the film as mysterious and menacing atmosphere that it postured at the start did dissipate throughout the film.

This is a first attempt by a director who clearly has a cinematic eye with a good understanding of film taking inspiration from some great directors. Unfortunately he didn't quite create the level of intrigue found in a Kubrick film or a deliver the ruptured reality of a Lynch film and missed the overall depth of a Tarkovskiy film, but it wasn't without it's own moments.

Definitely worth your time - A steady start from a new director but it's worth remembering art house isn't an exact science, hopefully he will get the chance to produce more in the future.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Black Rainbow See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,957, 20 May 2012

Gross USA:

$56,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,491
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Chromewood Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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