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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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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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

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Might reward a patient viewer
4 December 2015 | by andychrist27See all my reviews

I had a strange experience with this one. I was ready to walk out after an hour or so (and many people did walk out)...but I'm glad I didn't. It simply takes time to see that there is a structure behind all this madness and different story layers do fit in together and compose a meaningful whole.

To be fair, this one is definitely not for everyone. It requires patience and at least some kind of appreciation towards the absurd to really get into this film. But it can reward you if you give it a try. For a lack of better comparison, I would mention INLAND EMPIRE here (not that the methods used by Maddin/Johnson are similar to Lynch's...but the overall effect is somewhat close to it). In the end, both of those movies build themselves into some kind of emotional rapture which overcomes the analytical mind.

Or maybe you'll simply hate this movie, which is pretty likely too.


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