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Keyhole (2011)

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Gangster and deadbeat dad, Ulysses Pick, embarks on an unusual journey through his home.

Director:

Guy Maddin

Writers:

George Toles (screenplay), Guy Maddin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Patric ... Ulysses Pick
Isabella Rossellini ... Hyacinth
Udo Kier ... Dr. Lemke
Louis Negin ... Calypso / Camille
Brooke Palsson Brooke Palsson ... Denny
David Alexander David Alexander ... Manners (as David Wontner)
Kevin McDonald ... Ogilbe
Daniel Enright Daniel Enright ... Big Ed
Theodoros Zegeye-Gebrehiwot Theodoros Zegeye-Gebrehiwot ... Heatly
Brent Neale Brent Neale ... Denton
Olivia Rameau Olivia Rameau ... Rochelle
Claude Dorge ... Bellview
Jorge Requena Ramos Jorge Requena Ramos ... Frosty (as Jorge Requena)
Mike Bell Mike Bell ... Milo
Tattiawna Jones ... Lota
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Storyline

In a house haunted with memories, gangster and father Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) arrives home after a long absence tow­ing the body of a teenaged girl and a bound and gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, is focused on one thing: journey­ing through the house, room by room, and reaching his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) in her bedroom upstairs. His odyssey eventually becomes an emotional tour, as the strange nooks and crannies of the house reveal more about the mysterious Pick family. Written by Distributor

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Taglines:

"I'm only a ghost...but a ghost isn't nothing".

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, sexuality, violent content and some language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 February 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziurka od klucza See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,884, 13 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,099, 17 June 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ulysses quotes the first line of this verse from one of Emily Brontë's Gondal poems:

"By dismal rites they win their bliss By penance, fasts, and fears - I have one rite - a gentle kiss One penance - tender tears." See more »

Quotes

Calypso: Ulysses is getting closer. I can hear him down there. He's bent on forgiveness, which is much more frightening than revenge.
Hyacinth: There will be no forgiveness, Father. That is why I keep you chained at my bed.
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Expectations are Key
12 February 2012 | by warriorofwordsSee all my reviews

Before viewing, I saw this film referred to as a '30s Gangster homage' or noir-styled 'drama'. For anyone expecting a throwback film or conventional narrative, Keyhole will confuse and then, probably, disappoint. In fact, Keyhole is a very abstract take on the memories and emotions harboured inside an old house, which is inhabited by ghosts and other slaves to the past. And while Keyhole isn't a gripping crime thriller, neither should it be taken purely as an academic statement or challenging art-house experiment. Like most of Maddin's films, the dark absurdity and creative imagery is almost casually amusing and less pretentious than comparable movies. The cinematography, music, art direction and performances are tremendously captivating, if occasionally over-bearing. For anyone who's intrigued by these elements as much as by the often-mislead depiction of the film in mainstream media should definitely see Keyhole. Anyone who's turned off by bizarre inventions of unorthodox storytelling should leave this door locked.


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