Careful (1993)

Guy Maddin and George Toles wrote this bizarre, stylish, and sometimes hilarious comedy, done in a mock-Expressionist style, about the 19th-century Alpine village of Tolzbad and its inhabitants dark secrets of incest, suicide, murder, and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 27, 1993
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

In part a hilarious satire about Canadian timidity, it also comes across periodically as a formalist gem about nothing at all.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There's something wonderfully unique about the project but the reasons for doing it remain buried.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's certainly an astounding film for its purely spectacular terms.

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Time Out

Uniquely weird, subtly macabre, and utterly compelling.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Careful is one long and amusing pun on German Expressionistic film imagery, Freudian psychology and quasi-Wagnerian storytelling, all carried to absurdist lengths.

Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... an utterly demented melodrama tale of the repressed residents of a small alpine village who live in virtual silence...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A weirdly amusing parable of sexual repression.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Repressed emotions erupt into suicide, betrayals and duels in a fairy tale Alpine village where everyone must whisper and watch their every move closely for… More
Anthony Valletta
Very strange. Very different. Makes a lasting impression.
Walter M.
"Careful" is set in a mountain valley where the villagers are worried that the slightest sound could set off an avalanche, and are on guard constantly… More
Brett Warren
The cinematography and art direction are superb. However, the action stays in a less than interesting middle ground that isn't quite comedy and never… More