DVD - 2007
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After her mother dies from a heroin overdose, Jeliza-Rose is taken from the big city to live in a rural farmhouse with her father. She tries to settle into a new life in a house her father had purchased for his now-deceased mother. Jeliza-Rose's attempts to deal with her life change, but the result is her increasingly odd behavior. Jeliza-Rose begins to communicate with her bodiless Barbie doll heads and Dell, a neighborhood woman who always wears a beekeeper's veil.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Maple Pictures, [2007]
Edition: 2-disc special edition
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA TID
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Aug 02, 2018

It was too sad and creepy - I couldn't watch the whole thing

Jun 14, 2018

Following the death of her drug-addicted mother, a whimsical young girl follows her chemically dependent father to a remote prairie house to discover a wondrous world of magical fireflies and nocturnal bog men in this hallucinatory childhood fantasy from visionary filmmaker Terry Gilliam. Noah (Jeff Bridges) is a burnt-out rock star whose post-superstar voyage to obscurity is hastened by a serious drug addiction that is also shared with his wild-eyed wife (Jennifer Tilly). When the Noah's increasingly erratic wife suffers a fatal overdose, the faded rock star opts to escape the painful reality by retreating to a ramshackle remote home with his young daughter, Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland). Left to her own devices as her father stumbles about the grasslands in a drug-induced haze, Jeliza-Rose soon ventures into her own fantasy land before making the acquaintance of mentally challenged youth Dickens (Brendan Fletcher). As the two become fast friends and Jeliza-Rose joins the swimsuit-clad Dickens in defeating the menacing shark that traverses the nearby railways, the pair are watched over by Dickens' black-clad sister, Dell (Janet McTeer), who acts as Dickens' guardian and whose overly enthusiastic interest in the art of taxidermy borders on obsessive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Jun 14, 2018

This disquieting blend of fantasy and hyperreality made me feel as if I was reading the diary of a mad child. Gilliam gleans fairytale archetypes from such diverse sources as "Alice in Wonderland", "Cinderella" and "Snow White" , then twists them inside out to create the nightmare landscape of one young girl's deeply troubled mind. Fine performances including an Oscar calibre effort by Brendan Fletcher are further enhanced by frenetic editing and Gilliam's keen eye for the macabre. A great companion piece to "The Reflecting Skin".

jesking Jun 05, 2015

VERY DARK! Just whimsical enough to pull you through the dark journey without making you want to cry.

dollfacecrafter Feb 19, 2014

zero stars, I hated this movie, it was horrible, no point.

hania4987 Feb 18, 2014

bizarre is the first word that comes to mind, followed closely by disturbing and unnecessary. It's technically interesting, filmed mostly on an angle. It is difficult to watch in places, not for the actual images, but for the seeming glorification of the situation. I have read the synopsis of the book which raises some serious issues and a strong positive conclusion, which the film does not do. My biggest criticism is why Gilliam felt the need to put a heavy fairy tale spin with all of his signature imagery for this horrific story. Then, the best of all is his commentary during one of the features, in which he wonders about the difficulty in finding funding for distribution and being shunned by even the various international festivals. Jodelle Ferland who plays Jeliza-Rose gives an extraordinary performance.

Sep 25, 2013

Alice goes to a nightmarish wonderland!

Aug 13, 2012

this movie made me un comfortable. I only pray that for abused children, thier wits and imagination can hold them till real help arrives.

Jan 15, 2012

Bizarrely brazen this film crosses borders into an alien landscape. Peopled with outsiders and misfits who come together in a simmering stew of psychosis and addiction. It provides an amusing and disquieting hallucination of a young girl's life.

jennrose Oct 14, 2011

One of the most original and bizzarely beautiful films you'll ever encounter. It is reminiscent of a Tom Waits song. No suprise that the director and Waits are friends and Waits has appeared in several of his films. (Not this one, though). Those who are easily offended may get squeamish, as there is some pretty edgy stuff in here. Jeff Bridges is at his best as a junkie father and then a corpse. A must see for all artsy film buffs!

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