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)
I love everything Maddin has made — well, haven’t seen this one yet…
My Winnipeg is my favorite, and Brand Upon the Brain!, Cowards Bend the Knee or the Blue Hands, even The Saddest Music in the world… What’s your favorite of his feature length films?
Sadly I’ve only seen three of his films-Careful, The Saddest Music in the World, and Brand Upon the Brain. I’m not sure I could pick one. Each is amazing in their own way, but I think it comes down between Careful and Music for me.
I wrote a review for My Winnipeg a while back if you’re curious….
He really is one of my favorite directors of all time.
I have trouble limiting my list of favorite directors to less than 20 or 30, but I do adore Maddin. Why else would I give him not one, but two movies-of-the-day in a single year? 🙂
Haha, well then, definitely check out My Winnipeg, Tale of Gimli Hospital (I wrote a review of that one as well), Cowards Bend the Knee or the Blue Hands, and Archangel (a highly underrated part of his corpus — and one of the “most dead” of his films in that few people watch it).