Tideland (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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- An Introduction from Terry Gilliam
- Commentary by Terry Gilliam and screenwriter Tony Grisoni
- "Getting Gilliam" featurette by Vincenzo Natali with optional commentary by Terry Gilliam and Vincenzo Natali
- "The Making of Tideland" featurette
- Deleted scenes with commentary by Terry Gilliam
- "Filming Green Screen" with commentary by Terry Gilliam
- Interview with Terry Gilliam
- Interview with producer Jeremy Thomas
Top Customer Reviews
Tideland is the story of a little girl named Jeliza- Rose who travels to a small house in the country with her father, the film shows how she deals with her difficult life with imagination, the film's dark and disturbing, but ultimately optimistic.
There's a lot for Gilliam fans here, the camera angles, the odd fantasy elements and the strange dark humor.
This film could have been terrible if it hadn't been done properly, but the film stays interesting and gripping because of the connection Gilliam gives us to Jeliza-Rose.
I'm not here to judge, and if people don't like this film they're entitled to, but all I'm saying is give it a chance, because a fair few of you, like me, are going to love it for the beautiful film it is.
Tideland is insane. Delusional. Disturbing. Frequently dizzying. Made to be more felt than understood. It left me roiling over its strange characters, images and (maybe) hidden meanings. Shed your preconceptions and prejudices, expect to be frustrated and confused; but in the end you'll feel more stirred than shaken. It's definitely a see and re-see to be appreciated kinda movie. (And definitely a love-it or hate-it movie. Totally formula-less.)
Perhaps it meant to be so-overtly over-the-edge; maybe Genius Gilliam unleashed his visual and conceptual elegance so extravagantly to reach raw depths. Maybe he was on something; whatever, this is an Experience. Good luck.
But more likely than not you've never heard of TIDELAND, which is unfortunate because it's a very good film. Not Mr. Gilliam's best directorial achievement, but certainly highly entertaining and grossly underrated. Receiving only a limited release in 2005, Tideland was quickly whisked out of theaters in favor of bigger blockbusters that held minimal substance by comparison.
What else is interesting is the perfect casting and surprising comeuppance of eleven-year-old Jodelle Ferland who appears in nearly every frame of the film. Side by side with such veterans as Jeff Bridges (THE BIG LEBOWSKI) and Jennifer Tilly (MONSTERS, INC.), Ferland's performance was hilarious, sad, and openly weird.
The story itself would've been intriguing enough, even without the great actors, in that it exposes the psyche of a young girl named Jeliza-Rose (Ferland) who must deal with the unpredictable, drug-addled behavior of her short-lived parents Queen (Tilly) and Noah (Bridges). She handles it by seeking solace in her imagination. When her mother dies, her father takes her on "an adventure" (think Alice In Wonderland) that carries her back to her father's vacant home in the middle of nowheresville. When her father decides to take a heroin "vacation", Jeliza-Rose is left on her own, playing with her bodiless dolls, finding a rabbit hole, and eventually stumbling upon a brain-damaged friend named Dickens (the PERFECTLY cast Brendan Fletcher, RV).Read more ›
Gilliam crafted a movie as eloquent and beautiful as it is bizarre and twisted. It delves into the mind of a young girl who handles a troubled - yet surprisingly love filled - upbringing with a strange grace. Well into the film, I finally understood what Gilliam was doing (I hope). This is meant to show the story from the perspective of a young girl's imagination. We see everything through her eyes and experience on an almost visceral level her interpretation of the events of her tragic life.
And as I mentioned, there's a surprising amount of love in the movie. Her drug addict loser dad (played by Jeff Bridges) showed her nothing but kindness and affection, despite his considerable defects of character and irresponsibility.
The character of Jelize-Rose (Jodelle Ferland) was brilliantly performed and directed. Young Ms. Ferland's performance was as professional and compelling as any actress could hope to deliver.
And you got a sense that no matter how weird events became, you knew that in the end all would be well. The worst of everything never seemed to touch little Jelize-Rose too deeply, and she displayed a remarkable strength and resiliency. A happy ending was guaranteed; even with the catastrophic scenario Gilliam put at the end, Jelize-Rose would be just fine.
The film is unique, and a great accomplishment. If you can get past the insanity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disturbing. I still feel sorry for the little girl who the story revolved aroundPublished 28 days ago by David T Shutt
The DVD gagged and stalled about half way, still leaving me with most of the movie so it didn't seem important even at the time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BINGO!
Really, REALLY, crazy movie. Its one of those movies where you have to watch more than once to understand.Published 7 months ago by Megan P
I'm going with 3 stars for now because I only watched the beginning and it made me very depressed when I was looking to have a better time than that. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chris
hypnotizing. I wanted to look away, but couldn't. May never watch it again. If it were at all believable, it would have been deeply, deeply disturbing.Published 11 months ago by Happy Feet