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The Forbidden Room (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery | 11 December 2015 (UK)
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In this non-linear amalgamation, submarine crewmen and a woodsman wend their way through a voyage of odd experiences.

Directors:

Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson (co-director)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Dupuis ... Cesare
Clara Furey Clara Furey ... Margot
Louis Negin ... Marv / Smithy / Mars / Organizer / Mr. Lanyon
Udo Kier ... Count Yugh / The Butler / The Dead Father / Guard / Pharmacist
Gregory Hlady ... Jarvis / Dr. Deane / A Husband
Mathieu Amalric ... Thadeusz M___ / Ostler
Noel Burton Noel Burton ... Wolf / Pilot / The Captain
Geraldine Chaplin ... The Master Passion / Nursemaid / Aunt Chance
Paul Ahmarani ... Dr. Deng / Speedy
Caroline Dhavernas ... Gong
Jacques Nolot ... Bent / Minister of the Interior
Slimane Dazi ... Baron Pappenheim
Maria de Medeiros ... The Blind Mother / Clotilde
Charlotte Rampling ... The Ostler's Mother
Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles ... Saplingjack 1 / Listening Man / Pancho (as Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon)
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Storyline

A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears.

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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Seances See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$696, 19 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,043, 6 March 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Each sequence of The Forbidden Room is based on reviews and summaries of "lost" films, mostly from America in the early to mid-20th century. These films were destroyed intentionally or by natural degredation of the original film stock, and will likely never be seen again. Guy Maddin realized the only way he'd be able to see these lost movies was to make them himself. See more »

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[first lines]
Marv: Hello. I'm Marv. Today, we're gonna discuss baths - more specifically, how to take one. Baths have been around for a long time. The ancient Romans built fancy ones, like Caracalla. In the Middle Ages, the were called "stews"... 'cause you had to be stewed in order to take one. They were open to both sexes. Today, the Japanese have bisexual bathing
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Marv: . Here in America, we didn't bathe so much until recently. The Saturday-night bath used to be a ritual. Today, it's more like ...
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This is a visual monster.
18 May 2018 | by garethcrookSee all my reviews

It's the kind of film that art house film students dream of. In fact visually it looks very much like an art house film students dream! There's text all over the screen, bits of narration and a truly bizarre story. It's pretty original, it's funny (I think intentionally) and it's nuts. Totally nuts!! Sadly a bit too nuts, good but not great. It sometimes feels like a silent film, with words appearing to help the narrative... but with sound. Some of it struggles and needs some patience, but by enlarge it's fantastic, in every sense of the word. The screen pulses and throbs with energy, it's beautifully crafted. Stories intermingle, twist, plots within plots, within dreams. My one criticism is it's too long, not by a lot, but it would benefit from losing a good 20 minutes. A minor quibble.


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