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  • 4.2
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. CAREFUL resembles a vintage melodrama from another planet, something that could only emerge from the singular mind of Maddin.

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"...a Freudian fantasia, complete with Oedipus and Electra urges and self-mutilation, in an alpine setting where, we’re told, the slightest sound, of pleasure or pain, could unleash pent-up snows in an avalanche of destruction." - Mark Asch, Keyframe


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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.

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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.

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This is one of my all time favorite movies and definitely my favorite of Guy Maddin's. It really strikes a chord with me!

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Incredibly silly story with equally incredible, fabulously composed neo-expressionist images. Guy Maddin is in a class by himself, a creative mind borne out of German silent cinema and stranded in Manitoba. If you enjoyed this, check out THE BLUE LIGHT (1932).

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Maddin's dreamlike mix of silent film techniques, idiosyncratic lighting, and ultra melodrama is hitting on all cylinders here.

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A black-and-white movie can’t get much more colorful than this. Every frame, from violet mountains to orange wet dreams, is stunningly beautiful and chromatically themed.

A surface of teutonic mock-seriousness and order blankets sexual tensions that could bring everything crashing down. Full of humorous, dream-like Freudian imagry of caves, tunnels, eggs, peaks and alp horns. The whacky expressionist style is silly and fun.

I can’t stop re-watching this movie!

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Interesting. Visually stunning.

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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.

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One of my favorite films of all times.

Look at this, Grigorss, my mountain hideaway. The two of us can be outcasts here together. We need never see anyone but each other. We can live on berries and grasses, and small animals we can kill with sharp sticks.

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Weird and senseless.