What It’s About: The town of Tolzbad’s location high in the Alps means that its inhabitants must remain incredibly quiet or risk death at the hands of avalanches. This environment of repression creates madness, and when one local commits suicide after dreaming about sleeping with his mother, an avalanche of sex, violence, and madness, equal to any avalanche of snow and rock, is unleashed upon Tolzbad.
Why Watch it Today?: Today is the UN’s International Mountain Day, and Guy Maddin’s Careful is one of the strangest movies set in a mountain community you’re likely to find. Like all of Maddin’s films, Careful is an odd mash-up of older styles and genres, telling its lurid tale in the style of 1930s German mountain films, with elements of hokey Christmas specials, children’s animated films, and silent melodrama thrown into the mix to create a unique experience.
Where to Get It: Amazon or Vudu, Netflix (Rental)