Tideland

Tideland

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: [Canada] : Maple, [2007]
Edition: 2-disc collector's ed., letterboxed
Description: 2 videodiscs (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Tide

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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.

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i_am
Sep 25, 2013

Alice goes to a nightmarish wonderland!

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robsuka
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.

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jnewday
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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DavidLeeRoth
Jun 07, 2011

Director Terry Gilliam has a fondness for overblown characters of the type you encounter in fables. No exception, this film presents a reality that is preposterous and crazy but the little protagonist approaches it at face value. This movie lives inside her mind, where dolls may or not be real, where ghosts may or may not exist. In this context, the insane turns of plot become somewhat funny rather than upsetting. Much of the early scenes depict her playing, talking to her dolls and exploring the bleak prairie countryside. It gets a little too precious for my taste at these moments, but the film's conclusion is pretty lovely. Watching this won't be a purely enjoyable experience, but 'Tideland' is absolutely original and some may love it.

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