The Forbidden Room

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  • NR
  • 2015
  • 1 hr 59 min
  • 6.1  (3,370)
  • 83

The Forbidden Room is a visually stunning and enigmatic film directed by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin. It features a star-studded cast including Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, and Louis Negin and explores a multitude of interconnected stories within fantastical worlds that blur the line between reality and imagination. The film opens with a submarine crew lost at sea, searching desperately for a way back to their loved ones. They stumble upon a mysterious door leading to a series of increasingly bizarre and surreal scenarios, each one more fantastical than the last. The film is divided into a series of nested stories, each one musical, witty, and bizarrely entertaining.

One such story features a man who transforms into a human skeleton, only to be reanimated by a group of people looking for a cure to his ailment. Another story follows a lumberjack who seduces and murders trees, while a third story details the adventures of a group of people traveling on a train that can only travel eastward.

Throughout the film, Maddin employs a rapid-fire editing style that gives the impression of a film reel stuck in a projector, with images flashing past too quickly to fully comprehend. This frenetic editing style is complemented by a surreal color palette that blends together shades of green, blue, and red in a dreamlike haze.

One of the standout performances in the film comes from veteran Canadian actor Louis Negin, who plays a variety of roles throughout the film, ranging from a hypnotist to a missionary. Negin's performances are both comedic and haunting, adding an extra layer of depth to an already complex film.

While The Forbidden Room is certainly not a film for everyone, those who appreciate experimental cinema will find plenty to love. The film's ability to seamlessly blend together a multitude of storylines into a cohesive whole is a testament to Maddin's skill as a director, and the film's dreamlike atmosphere is perfectly complemented by the surreal visuals and dizzying editing style.

In conclusion, The Forbidden Room is a film that defies easy categorization, blending together a dizzying array of genres and storytelling styles into one unforgettable whole. While its inaccessible nature may prevent it from reaching a wider audience, those who appreciate avant-garde cinema will find plenty to appreciate in this wildly creative and imaginative film.

The Forbidden Room is a 2015 mystery with a runtime of 1 hour and 59 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 83.

The Forbidden Room
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The Forbidden Room is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube VOD and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent The Forbidden Room for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
  • Release Date
    2015
  • MPAA Rating
    NR
  • Runtime
    1 hr 59 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (3,370)
  • Metascore
    83