Brand Upon the Brain!
Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A bizarre, compelling spectacle that invests its absurd plot with heartfelt sincerety, Brand Upon the Brain! is a unique cinematic experience.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

It's a little spastic, a little dreamy, terribly demented. . .not unlike the director himself. It's also visually and aurally stunning.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The deliciously unhinged Guy Maddin makes films that are funny, sinister and mysterious at the same time.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

No matter how much the director disguises the tale in flickery symbolism, the emotions feel painful and personal.

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Leonard Klady
Screen International

It is breathlessly preposterous at times but stays clear of arch parody, allowing audiences to be unabashedly part of the antics.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

For me it captures Maddin at his loopiest and most inspired.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Lawrence Levi
Stop Smiling

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
I really admired the style, spirit, and atmosphere of this film; it recreated the essence of silent films of the 20s brilliantly. But it kind of did feel like a… More
Neum Daddy
Alive, in Victoria Falls (Zambia side today). Returning Stateside on Tuesday. Bummed about the Rockies getting their rumps handed to them in the World Series.… More
William Dunmyer
[size=3]Brand Upon the Brain! is a bore. (Yes, there is an exclamation point in the title.)[/size] [size=3][/size]… More
Ryan Marshall
9.0/10 "Brand Upon the Brain", the most recent Guy Maddin feature to be labeled as a silent psychodrama, is an ambitious film that honestly… More
Walter M.
In "Brand upon the Brain!" Guy Maddin(Erik Steffen Maahs), the house painter, not the experimental film director, returns to the remote lighthouse… More
John Ballantine
Maddin really gives me a headache sometimes. Very interesting over half an hour. Mind numbing over the course of an entire film.