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The Forbidden Room (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery | 12 November 2015 (Ireland)
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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 ... 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

Certificate:

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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 »

Quotes

[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
[winks]
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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References How to Take a Bath (1937) See more »

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Uxorem
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A journey to the center of film
29 January 2015 | by RizzlenessSee all my reviews

This film, like all those of Guy Maddin, has married the weirdness of David Lynch with the love of film and quirkiness of Wes Anderson, all wrapped up in a unique visual style like no other. It's absolutely gorgeous, a true adventure in filmmaking and film watching filled with dreams- within-dreams and stories-within-stories. It is like a love letter to the history of movies that blends silent films, noir, action, myth, comedy, musicals, and even instructional films into an absurd, self-referential ball.

But before you go running out to see it, you should know that it has zero interest in entertaining you. Seriously. It's dense, confusing and difficult to follow, and a tedious slog. There's no plot, if by plot you mean something that will emotionally resonate with you and keep you engaged with following the story or characters. Viewers should be the kind of masochist film geeks who enjoy subjecting themselves to such pain and then feel enlightened for doing so.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2015 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$34,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,082
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1.85 : 1
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