Idiosyncratic, cheeky and uncategorizable, the films of Guy Maddin are testaments to the singular vision of a great contemporary cinema artist, and Keyhole may be his boldest film yet. A surreal indoor odyssey of one man, Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) struggling to reach his wife (Isabella Rosellini) in her bedroom upstairs, this hypnotic dreamlike journey bewilders and captivates. –TIFF
Frequently referred to as “the Canadian David Lynch,” Winnipeg-born filmmaker Guy Maddin’s surreal, dreamlike works are often cited for their striking visuals and obscure sensibilities. Maddin’s father was a prominent hockey coach and manager, and his mother the proprietor of a local beauty shop, and both of his parents’ careers had a profound effect on the young filmmaker. Whether watching the teams practice at Winnipeg Arena or playing with his friends at his mother’s salon, Maddin’s unique take on everyday eccentricities was fueled by numerous unforgettable childhood experiences. Two of these, in particular, were a piggyback ride from Bing Crosby and the advancement of a common cold into an intense neurological disorder that resulted in strange physical sensations; these experiences gave the imaginative youngster an acute and unique view of the world. Childhood memories and stories passed on by his parents have frequently found their way into Maddin’s unique films as well, with the… read more
This one is puzzling. I want to like it significantly more than I actually like it. Jason Patrick is great, and the best DSLR cinematography I've seen yet. But it just doesn't hit home thematically the way something like "Saddest Music" does.
The film dithers between relying on weak plot and abstraction, which comes off as inane, as neither elements are strong, or benefit from juxtaposing one other. Digital is not a good medium for Maddin; his dreamlike, eccentric cinema suits the otherworldly textures of celluloid. Keyhole is described as a film about a man's personal odyssey. For me, it's an odyssey to nowhere, with very little in between.
Not very good, Guy Maddin's films get lost on me and clearly this is one of them. He tries way to hard to be artistic which comes across as pretentious. I get the story but it just fails to keep me interested. I've always admired Jason Patric as an actor and he does a good job with what he is given.
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For some, Keyhole is “considerably more than another exercise in Maddinalia.” For others, not so much.