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The Forbidden Room (2015)

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In this non-linear amalgamation, submarine crewmen and a woodsman wend their way through a voyage of odd experiences.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cesare
Clara Furey ... Margot
... Marv / Smithy / Mars / Organizer / Mr. Lanyon
... Count Yugh / The Butler / The Dead Father / Guard / Pharmacist
... Jarvis / Dr. Deane / A Husband
... Thadeusz M___ / Ostler
Noel Burton ... Wolf / Pilot / The Captain
... The Master Passion / Nursemaid / Aunt Chance
... Dr. Deng / Speedy
... Gong
... Bent / Minister of the Interior
... Baron Pappenheim
... The Blind Mother / Clotilde
... The Ostler's Mother
... Saplingjack 1 / Listening Man / Pancho (as Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon)
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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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Comedy | Mystery

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11 December 2015 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$696, 19 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,043, 6 March 2016
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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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A journey to the center of film
29 January 2015 | by See 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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