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.
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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.
Weird and senseless.
This is one of my all time favorite movies and definitely my favorite of Guy Maddin's. It really strikes a chord with me!
Maddin's dreamlike mix of silent film techniques, idiosyncratic lighting, and ultra melodrama is hitting on all cylinders here.