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Careful takes place in the remote Alpine village of Tolzbad, where everyone speaks in whispers for fear of starting an avalanche. This self-inflicted noise control to the overall suppression of emotions and impulses. Entering this rarefied atmosphere is aspiring butler Brent Neale. Remaining as silent as his companions, Neale bears witness to all sorts of muted aberrations, from incest to surreptitious suicide. Director Guy Maddin stages Careful in the manner of an early German Expressionistic talkie, replete with subtitles, hand-tinted color sequences, heavy-handed symbolism and a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In part a hilarious satire about Canadian timidity, it also comes across periodically as a formalist gem about nothing at all."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There's something wonderfully unique about the project but the reasons for doing it remain buried."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's certainly an astounding film for its purely spectacular terms."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Too strange for its own good, Careful is less interesting as a film than it is as a Canadian cinematic anomaly."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Uniquely weird, subtly macabre, and utterly compelling."
‑ , Time Out
"Careful, the hilariously bizarre new film from Canadian director Guy Maddin, is like some lost masterpiece from a time-warped alternative dimension -- a strange artifact that time forgot."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"An acquired taste, Maddin is an unusually precise director who leaves little to chance. Whether one finds his approach too careful or just stunningly controlled will be up to individual cineastes."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Careful is one long and amusing pun on German Expressionistic film imagery, Freudian psychology and quasi-Wagnerian storytelling, all carried to absurdist lengths."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"... an utterly demented melodrama tale of the repressed residents of a small alpine village who live in virtual silence..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"A weirdly amusing parable of sexual repression."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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