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Keyhole (2011)

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


Guy Maddin


George Toles (screenplay), Guy Maddin (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Patric ... Ulysses Pick
Isabella Rossellini ... Hyacinth
Udo Kier ... Dr. Lemke
Louis Negin ... Calypso / Camille
Brooke Palsson ... Denny
David Wontner David Wontner ... Manners
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


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


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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

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Ulysses Pick: I'm only a ghost, but a ghost isn't nothing.
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Guy Maddin does a gangster movie
18 April 2019 | by nightwishougeSee all my reviews

The first thing I noticed watching Keyhole was that Maddin's cinematography seemed flatter than usual. I love the grainy, high-contrast black-and-white look of his other films, so it was disappointing to me that he moved to digital. The grain is gone and the shadows aren't nearly as deep--and if there's one thing a Maddin movie needs, it's deep shadows. Then again, I don't remember noticing anything "off" about The Forbidden Room, which according to Wikipedia was also shot digitally, so maybe the technology just needed to improve, or Maddin needed to get better acquainted with it.

Anyhow. The movie itself is decent. I would call it a lesser effort by Maddin. Thematically it shares much in common with Brand Upon the Brain! in terms of returning to an old domicile and being haunted by its memories. Brand is a superior film. Stylistically there's nothing really new here. I would have been interested to see Maddin attempt more action, in keeping with the gangster motif, but apart from a shootout at the beginning there isn't much. There's enough good stuff to make the film worth watching, though. Maddin fans ought to find it satisfying, if not innovative.

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Release Date:

22 February 2012 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,294, 8 April 2012

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1.85 : 1
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