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94 minutes

Drama, Experimental
Like any unique stylist—Brian Wilson leaps to mind—Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin always runs the risk of lapsing into mannerism, and this 2011 psychodrama, while demonstrating once again the power of his recombinant movie magic, never reaches the Grand Guignol heights of his Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary or the comic resonance of his Saddest Music in the World. Equal parts White Heat and The Old Dark House, it stars Jason Patric as a ruthless gangster holed up in a shadowy home with his cowed henchmen and their sexy molls as a lightning storm rages outside; in keeping with the title, Maddin is preoccupied with sexual voyeurism, though the rather garbled story tends to recede amid the torrent of nude bodies, Lynchian weirdness, and 1930s fetish items. Like much of Maddin's work, though, this is funny enough to be disarming even when it's spinning its wheels thematically. With Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, and Kevin McDonald of The Kids in the Hall as a character who spends most of his time ass-humping a woman in a dimly lit hallway.

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