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Keyhole2011

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In a house haunted with memories, gangster and father Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) arrives home after a long absence, towing the body of a teenaged girl and a bound-and-gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, is focused on one thing: journeying through the house, room by room and reaching his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) in her bedroom upstairs. The equilibrium of the house has been disturbed and his odyssey eventually becomes an emotional tour, as the ghostly nooks and crannies of the house reveal more about the mysterious Pick family.

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"Haunted in every sense and scene (not least by the ghost of the late George Kuchar) . . . perhaps best described as a deranged remake of William Wyler’s THE DESPERATE HOURS." - Kevin B. Lee, Keyframe


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"The happiness a house has known is free to vanish the moment its inhabitants leave, but sorrow, sorrow must linger." This film is a haunting exploration of a house where the living and the dead co-exist. It is a world that is tuned between stations; a man is caught between the world of the living and the world of the dead. There is so much static of forgotten memory and so many locked doors that must be opened. It evokes Dante's Inferno where we are all trapped in our own hells. I loved it.

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"The happiness a house has known is free to vanish the moment its inhabitants leave, but sorrow, sorrow must linger." This film is a haunting exploration of a house where the living and the dead co-exist. It is a world that is tuned between stations; a man is caught between the world of the living and the world of the dead. There is so much static of forgotten memory and so many locked doors that must be opened. It evokes Dante's Inferno where we are all trapped in our own hells. I loved it.

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A dream version of Key Largo where everything is fluid - the rain, of course, but also time, death, and events. Maddin's cinema manages to be inventive and traditional all at once - and always exhilarating.

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Certainly worth watching for a Maddin fan like me, but less suitable an introduction to the director than any of his other films on Fandor. I found "Keyhole" to have neither as much humor nor as much narrative drive as it needed to leaven all of the disjointed and baffling action.

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Not a great example of Guy Maddin's talent, "Keyhole" is a visually stunning experience. There are plenty of ideas floating about in this house haunted by criminal ghosts and various memories. The problem is that these things never form into a full concept.

It's a shame that with all Maddin's visual sensibilities, his feature-length films dwell on visual effects at the expense of story-telling. At 6 min, "The Heart of the World" is a prime example of how content and form can be more synchronous and effective, even while the story itself is highly mysterious. Given too long a running time, his stories lose their sense of mystery and just feel vacuous.

Eh ... not so much.

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