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"At times as creepy as The Shining --Gavin Smith, Film Comment
3 ½ Stars. Surreal, sensational and weird, the film is pure maddeningly, magic Maddin. Winnipeg's Guy Maddin remains the most innovative, high-risk gambler in Canadian cinema. --Toronto Sun
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For me `Keyhole' is far more about the style than the substance, which is a shame. `The Saddest Music in the World' felt so balanced in that regard, offering us enough style to accentuate the substance. Here, the substance seems stripped and the style amped to result in a bizarrely entertaining film that is overly long and ultimately forgettable. Still, there are aspects of this film that deserve our attention; namely the technical merits (those costumes and set pieces are to die for) and the central performances (Jason Patrick, Isabella Rossellini and Brooke Palsson taking top honors).
The plot is basically a sadistic fable that follows a gangster named Ulysses as he returns home with a drenched teenage girl and a bound and gagged young man. Ulysses is at odds with his wife, Hyacinth, who is secluded upstairs with her father. Despite the prospect of a mutiny between his gang of thugs, Ulysses is intend on finding his wife by searching the house room by room, twist by turn.
It's a warped film without a real sense of direction and yet it keeps you drawn to every frame. It's a film I feel like I can admire without loving and one that I may actually look back to with even more respect and admiration as time goes by. It is well worth seeing, and one to watch more than once, since the initial viewing is sure to be dampened by confusion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not as organically sound as other Madden films. It needs the grunge and noise.
Try my short film... Bum Rap - A Noir Fantasy, up on youtube in HD. Read more
Much less than I had expected. Was hoping for some good summer terror, and it wasn't. Basically it was an entertaining but slow moving movie. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by J. L. Zack
It should get negative stars. Do not waste your time or money on this thing. It shouldn't even be called a movie. I have no idea how they got some famous actors in this. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by heather