Director Guy Maddin was the recipient of the "Medal for Lifetime Achievement" at the 1995 Telluride Film Festival.
Guy Maddin’s early masterpiece takes place in a 19th-century Alpine village where the wary residents (adult, child and animal!) must speak softly and tread lightly lest they cause an avalanche. But sexual frenzies teem in this world of repression, setting off incestuous love triangles and quadrangles with deadly consequences. Bathed in lurid, luminescent tints, CAREFUL resembles a vintage melodrama from another planet, something that could only emerge from the singular mind of Maddin.
Cast & Crew
- Jackie Burroughs - Frau Teacher
- Brendan Carruthers - Mortician
- Leith Clark - Butler Blore
- Victor Cowie - Herr Trotta
- Paul Cox - Count Knotkers
- Gosia Dobrowolska - Zenaida
- Katya Gardner - Sigleinde
- Glen Hubich - Butler Schrammel
- Greg Klymkiw - Shower Meister
- Kyle McCulloch - Grigorss
- Ross McMillan - Chief Steward
- Brent Neale - Johann
- Sarah Neville - Klara
- Michael O'Sullivan - Blind Ghost
- Vince Rimmer - Franz
- Kelli Shinfield - Gerda the Mountain Girl
- George Toles - Countess Knotkers
Reviews(see the best reviews)
Shortly before watching this I watched a bit of "Horrors of the Black Museum" and decided I didn't need to watch a movie about binoculars that shoot spikes through your eyes. Then I watched Careful and enjoyed every moment, including Father's unfortunate encounter with the cuckoo clock. Afterwards I put the sherry glasses in the dishwasher and my dog stuck his head underneath so that a few drops fell on him and he smelled like sherry for the rest of the evening.
This is one of my all time favorite movies and definitely my favorite of Guy Maddin's. It really strikes a chord with me!
Visually, "Careful" fascinates with a unique gauzey, pastel-hued glimpse into a stylized world of cheap theatrical sets and elaborate Victorian costumes. The script is surrealistically stilted, campy-er than a Talking Heads music video. Fandor calls it psychotronic but I wonder whether Expressionism would be a better term, as the loosey-goosey anti-plot advances too slowly to sustain the average modern viewer.
Weird and senseless.
Maddin's dreamlike mix of silent film techniques, idiosyncratic lighting, and ultra melodrama is hitting on all cylinders here.