Sundance 2015 review: The Forbidden Room – Guy Maddin imagines a …

I’ve never taken LSD and wandered around a film archive, but I imagine the experience might be similar to The Forbidden Room. Co-directed by Guy Maddin and his young discovery Evan Johnson, The Forbidden Room feels like the entirety of Maddin’s oeuvre collapsing in on itself for a gorgeous, droll and (at times overly) desultory 128 minutes.

A brief synopsis of the film, which will get more play at museums than multiplexes, is near impossible. But here goes: mixing genres, film stocks and well-worn cinematic tropes, a damsel must be rescued. A Canadian wolf-hunter will challenge the cave-dwellers who hold her, but in between, the film takes lengthy narrative digressions that include the dreams of a sentient erupting volcano, the reminiscences of a dying man’s moustache and absurd instructions from a 1960s-era square on how to take a bath.

These sequences and the effective use of period typeset inter-titles are more like

Article source: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/27/forbidden-room-guy-maddin-review

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