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(2011) dir Guy Maddin w/Jason Patric, Isabella Rosselini, Udo Kier, Brooke Palsson, David Wontner, Louis Negin, Kevin McDonald [94 min]
Fugitive criminal Ulysses Pick (Patric) and his gang return to his family home after a long absence with one objective: to find his wife Hyacinth (Rossellini), who lies in wait in their upstairs bedroom. This should be a simple, straightforward task; however, we’re in a Guy Maddin film and are thus thrust into a surreal milieu where memories and dreams converge and overlap. It’s all ostensibly set in a single building, but as Ulysses moves from one room, hallway, or corridor to another (with two captives—a teenaged girl and a bound and gagged young man—in tow), it feels like he has entered a seemingly endless labyrinth replete with screaming ghosts, shadows forever gliding across the walls, raindrops incessantly thrumming at the exterior, and oddities such as a ramshackle, bicycle-powered electric chair.
In his first feature since the highly personal docu-hybrid MY WINNIPEG, Maddin’s psychological obsessions and undeniably distinctive visual aesthetic remain intact—but KEYHOLE also uncovers a few new wrinkles. Instead of the usual recreation of late-silent/early-sound cinema, he has essentially crossed a film noir with an RKO horror flick (and a soundtrack to match). While still containing flashes of macabre humor, the sustained tone is altogether more serious, if not at all somber. Best of all is Patric: he meshes well with a typically eccentric Maddin ensemble (including both Kevin McDonald and Udo Kier!) and turns in a tricky, nuanced performance that gives this excitable, beguilingly elusive film its center. – adapted from notes for the Independent Film Festival of Boston 2012
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