This eerie excursion into the Gothic recesses of Guy Maddin’s mad, imaginary childhood is a silent, black-and-white comic science-fiction nightmare set in a lighthouse on grim Black Notch Island, where fictional protagonist Guy Maddin was raised by an ironfisted, puritanical mother.
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An absolute masterpiece. Easily my favorite Maddin film that I've seen so far (excited to see more!), easily one of the greatest movies ever made and easily one of my new favorite films of all time! Everything about it was perfection. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it was breathtaking beautiful and stylistically shocking, abrasive and inventive. Words cannot express my feelings at the end of the film. Just perfect
As much as Guy Maddin's work may at first seem trite, his pastiche seems to mostly work. Part of the charm here is the 13 year old mind trying to stumble towards something meaningful. "Brand Upon the Brain" is creepy and fun.
Another innovative and surreal cinematic experience from Guy Maddin. The fevered, bizarre and darkly comic imagery creates an effective and engrossing nightmare in what is possibly Maddin's darkest - and surprisingly most coherent - film to date. It may go on a bit too long, but this is a unique experience and a must for fans of avant-garde cinema. Excellent score by Jason Staczek.
To overcome the past, think about the present, and attempt to plunge into the future.... easily a film of a genius level that, though dealing with the effects of time, will itself remain a timeless masterpiece.
If My Winnipeg is Maddin’s The Tree of Life (a slightly amplified look into his earlier years and an instance of using cinema as a means of recreating the past), then let this be his The Mirror, in that they’re both surrealistic and more inconspicuous examinations of how their childhoods may have left an impact on their later lives.