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Tideland (2005)
Drama,Fantasy
Canada / English
"The squirrels made it seem less lonely "
After her mother dies from a heroin overdose, Jeliza-Rose is taken from the big city to a rural farmhouse by her father...
Jodelle Ferland Jeliza-Rose/Voices of Sateen Lips, Glitter Gal, Mustique and Baby Blonde
Janet McTeer Dell
Brendan Fletcher Dickens
Jennifer Tilly Queen Gunhilda
Jeff Bridges Noah
Dylan Taylor Patrick
Wendy Anderson Woman/Squirrel's Voice
Sally Crooks Dell's Mother
Director: Terry Gilliam
Producer: Gabriella Martinelli,Jeremy Thomas
Writer: Tony Grisoni,Terry Gilliam
touch of Gilliam
Bizarre. Fantasmagorical. Frightening. A story-book nightmare.

Who else but Gilliam would give us a view of the inside of "The Dude's" ribcage?(Well, maybe Lynch)

In Tideland we approach to the edge of what is acceptable to the average film-goer but I kept wishing we would go over the edge and see what's there. Others in the audience claimed they wanted to escape to the lobby. It leaves most viewers uneasy, as if the film is an unpleasant taste to be rinsed from the mouth.

Whether or not you like it relies on the individual but what cannot be denied is that the film floats on the performance of Jodelle Ferland who plays 8 year old Jeliza-Rose as a modern day Alice though Tideland seems a far more frightening place than Wonderland. With the aid of her finger-puppet dolls' heads Ferland essentially inhabits 5 different roles withing the film. Easily one of the creepiest but most interesting performance by a child in years.

Good film? Bad? This hard-to-digest film seems to remain outside of such judgments. Best to see it for yourself. One thing is guaranteed: it's an unsettling journey into the realms of the weird.

Personal
Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Loan
Movie
Imdb rating: 6.7
Musician: Jeff Danna
Running time: 122 min (Toronto International Film Festival) / Japan
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Subtitles: inga
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3