The Forbidden Room

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The Forbidden Room may frustrate viewers looking for a linear experience, but those seeking a challenge -- or already familiar with director Guy Maddin's work -- will be rewarded.



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A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love.

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Roy Dupuis
as Cesare
Louis Negin
as Marv/Smithy/Mars/Organizer/Mr. Lanyon
Udo Kier
as Count Yugh/The Butler/The Dead Father/Guard/Pharmacist
Gregory Hlady
as Jarvis/Dr. Deane/A Husband
Mathieu Amalric
as Thadeusz M./Ostler
Noël Burton
as Wolf/Pilot/The Captain
Geraldine Chaplin
as The Master Passion/Nursemaid/Aunt Chance
Charlotte Rampling
as The Ostler's Mother
Amira Casar
as Mrs. M.
Karine Vanasse
as Florence Labadie
Jacques Nolot
as Bent/Minister of the Interior
Paul Ahmarani
as Dr. Deng//Speedy
Slimane Dazi
as Baron Pappenheim
Maria de Medeiros
as The Blind Mother/Clotilde
Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles
as Saplingjack 1/Listening Man/Pancho
Andreas Apergis
as Dr. Warren
Sophie Desmarais
as Dr. Warren
Ariane Labed
as Alicia Warlock/The Chambermaid
Romano Orzari
as Squid Thief/Madman/Dr. Moarte-Joc
Neil Napier
as Saplingjack 3/Man with Stones on His Ankles
Kyle Gatehouse
as Saplingjack 2/Man with Upturned Face
André Wilms
as Surgeon
Christophe Paou
as Ukrainian Prisoner
Adèle Haenel
as The Mute Invalid
Lewis Furey
as The Skull-Faced Man
Victoria Diamond
as Woman Skeleton 1
Mistaya Hemingway
as Woman Skeleton 2
Cynthia Ekoe
as Woman Skeleton 3
Sienna Mazzone
as Inner Child
Graham Ashmore
as Bathing Man
Darcy Fehr
as Nightclub Attendee/Climax Player
Kathia Rock
as A Mother
Judith Baribeau
as Oracle Bones Nurse
Marie Brassard
as Mysterious Necklace Woman
Angela LaMuse Senyshyn
as Bathing Woman 1
Kimmi Melnychuk
as Bathing Woman 2
Melissa Trainor
as Forest Nymph
Pamela Iveta
as Nightclub Attendee/Climax Player
Catherine Treskow
as A Woman in the Street
John Churchill
as Karl Le Barron
Matthew Comeau
as Scout Doctor
Miguel Eduardo Cueva
as Father's Posthumous Buddy
Arthur Holden
as Auctioneer
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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (17)

  • What Maddin & Co. have invented here ranges from Freudian horror to childish naughtiness.

    Feb 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The Forbidden Room is a fun ride for cineastes and was much fêted at festivals. Whether it will appeal to mainstream taste with its insane mash-up of B movie-style parody, silent-movie intertitles and jungle vampires is anyone's guess.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It is sometimes brilliant and sometimes boring, but even the boring parts have an eccentric sparkle.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Guy Maddin delivers another of his wild and whimsical fantasies, tinged with camp and couched in the film grammar of silent cinema.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Enjoying this film will depend on your state of mind. Indeed, "The Forbidden Room" is a state of mind unto itself.

    Nov 24, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Maddin's singular brand of cinematic reinvention goes a little over the top.

    Nov 6, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Top Critic

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