Brand Upon the Brain!
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Canadian director Guy Maddin's "Brand Upon the Brain" is a silent film that reveals the shocking truth about his hellish childhood on a remote island under the watchful eye of a crazed mother hellbent on restoring her youth and a diabolically distant scientist-father, proprietors of a mom-and-pop orphanage that surreptitiously operate within the dank confines of the family lighthouse. Watch! as the sex instinct grabs hold of young Maddin and his sister! Thrill! as the Mysteries of the Light House are divined by teen detectives! Reel! at the headstrong invention and heart-stopping… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The deliciously unhinged Guy Maddin makes films that are funny, sinister and mysterious at the same time."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"No matter how much the director disguises the tale in flickery symbolism, the emotions feel painful and personal."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"If you are drawn to oddball films like David Lynch's Eraserhead, then you should feel at home here."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Visually opaque and narratively enigmatic."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"This more-than-surreal feat is swimming in winks and nods to Maddin's influences. Moments of Bunuel, Hitchcock and Lang are everywhere."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"For me it captures Maddin at his loopiest and most inspired."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Brand Upon the Brain! is like no other movie you're likely to see this year -- or any other year. It won't be to everyone's taste. But for those who like their cinema weird, it doesn't get any weirder or more oddly fascinating than this."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"It is almost an unintended parody of the excesses of art house filmmaking - like something that would have shown up on Dan Akroyd's old Saturday Night Live vignette "Bad Cinema.""
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"It's weird, creepy, imaginative and unlike anything else out there."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Seeing is believing, and the clever Maddin understands a dimension of his medium that many of his contemporaries won't dare approach: with the right compelling images, anything is possible."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Narrated by Isabella Rossellini and enhanced by Jason Staczek's superb score, this is characteristically intense and, unlike most of Maddin's silent-movie models, frenetically edited."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"... a feverishly imaginative Freudian vampire film ..."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The mythic nuttiness gets under your skin just as these archetypal figures gradually penetrate each other's subterfuges, skulls, and orifices."
‑ Bill Weber, Stylus Magazine
"You feel like you've stumbled across a lost treasure from some studio's vaults that was meant to be buried forever."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"... an experience that has to be seen/heard to be believed."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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