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: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The director's form of genial cinematic dementia is guaranteed not to be to all tastes at all times, but those who are looking for something strange and different will feel right at home."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"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
"It is breathlessly preposterous at times but stays clear of arch parody, allowing audiences to be unabashedly part of the antics."
‑ Leonard Klady, Screen International
"[Maddin] taps a rich vein in this highly memorable and frequently disturbing homage to lost innocence and German expressionism."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"Brand may not be as satisfying as The Heart of the World or Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary, but it's the first to suggest a dead-serious Maddin film may not be a bad thing."
‑ Matt Prigge, Philadelphia Weekly
"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
"It's a bizarre bildungsroman cum scare flick, with Mom as the chief villain -- Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate by way of Psycho. And like so many of Maddin's films, it's oddly and uniquely affecting."
‑ Lawrence Levi, Stop Smiling
"The Brand Upon the Brain! is a genuine work of art and not an ingenuous and ingenious joke."
‑ Richard von Busack, MetroActive
"The story is fervid in its outlandish obsessions, but it holds together quite well, even if it closely approximates a train teetering on the edge of derailment."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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
"Pretty darned good."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"Of a piece with Maddin's previous, similarly themed and structured films, Brand is also new and surprising."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"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
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