Careful (1993)

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Careful takes place in the remote Alpine village of Tolzbad, where everyone speaks in whispers for fear of starting an avalanche. This self-inflicted noise control to the overall suppression of emotions and impulses. Entering this rarefied atmosphere is aspiring butler Brent Neale. Remaining as silent as his companions, Neale bears witness to all sorts of muted aberrations, from incest to surreptitious suicide. Director Guy Maddin stages Careful in the manner of an early German Expressionistic … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: George Toles, Guy Maddin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 2009
Runtime:
Zeitgeist Films

Cast


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as Frau Teacher

as Count Knotkers

as Klara Trotta

as Herr Trotta

as The Blind Ghost

as Sigleinde

as Chief Steward

as Townsperson

as Butler Blore

as Townsperson

as Butler Schrammel

as Countess Knotgers

as Shower Meister

as Gerda the Mountain G...

as Butler Student

as Butler Student

as Butler Student

as Butler Student

as Butler Student

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as Butler Student

as Butler Student

as Butler Student

as Townsperson
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Critic Reviews for Careful

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

In part a hilarious satire about Canadian timidity, it also comes across periodically as a formalist gem about nothing at all.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Uniquely weird, subtly macabre, and utterly compelling.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Careful is one long and amusing pun on German Expressionistic film imagery, Freudian psychology and quasi-Wagnerian storytelling, all carried to absurdist lengths.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

There's something wonderfully unique about the project but the reasons for doing it remain buried.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Careful, the hilariously bizarre new film from Canadian director Guy Maddin, is like some lost masterpiece from a time-warped alternative dimension -- a strange artifact that time forgot.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

... an utterly demented melodrama tale of the repressed residents of a small alpine village who live in virtual silence...

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Careful

½

Repressed emotions erupt into suicide, betrayals and duels in a fairy tale Alpine village where everyone must whisper and watch their every move closely for fear of avalanches. This is Guy Maddin, so if features gorgeous stylized visuals based on German Expressionists (here, bizarre hand-tinting choices which lead to scenes performed in brilliant yellow and pink or extreme orange); but, although the setting here is pure fantastic Maddin, the quiet, melodrama-based plot takes too long to engage, making CAREFUL a movie that's more for established fans of this auteur than to newcomers.

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

½

"Careful" is set in a mountain valley where the villagers are worried that the slightest sound could set off an avalanche, and are on guard constantly against any action no matter how small that can spell their doom. Living in such a place, brothers Johann(Brent Neale) and Grigorss(Kyle McCulloch) enter into training for the perfect occupation at the butler school.(Not affiliated with Butler University in any way.) This way, Johann will have an occupation once he and Klara(Sarah Neville) get married. But then he starts having these weird dreams about his mother(Gosia Dobrowolska).

"Careful" is another entertaining pastiche from Guy Maddin that tells its story in delirious fashion with tinted images. Madness along with incest are the central topics of discussion as the events, like an avalanche, are set off from the preceding one, each forming a worse catastrophe. This can only be expected in a village so repressed that any sounds of joy, anger or sadness must be contained. Or maybe the altitude finally got to everyone.

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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

The cinematography and art direction are superb. However, the action stays in a less than interesting middle ground that isn't quite comedy and never pushes hard enough to delve into a meaningful exploration of the Freudian issues it seems to be hinting at.

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Brett Warren

Super Reviewer

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