The Forbidden Room
Directed by: Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, photo: Benjamin Kasulke and Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron, Screenplay: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Robert Kotyk
If you go to see a Maddin movie unprepared, the likelihood is that you will either be completely seduced by his peculiar film language or annoy you. If you watch his narrative and slower movies like My Winnipeg (2000), you'll probably be fascinated. This is an inventive depth drilling in a myth of a place with fiction as a tool. But you are equally likely to find Maddin's world a pretentious scent – a soup of movie historical quotes and style exercises – if you watch other films of him. Perhaps especially his last, The Forbidden Room. The truth lies somewhere in between, but his latest film is neither easily digestible nor coherent in the traditional sense.
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