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Tideland - DVD

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  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XTLVI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,052 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
This is an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's Tideland, a category defying film that is at turns poetic, disgusting, absurd, and darkly funny (think the languid pacing of Spirit of the Beehive, the fever dream of Alice in Wonderland, the wry insanity Psycho, and a large dose of Terence Malik gone insane).

In many ways, this is the purest Gilliam film since Brazil (a film that also borrowed liberally from other sources while maintaining its own originality), and hearkens back to the days when auteurs were not only allowed to follow their wildest muse but were expected to do so. And that, too, presents what will no doubt be Tideland's greatest failing, as well as its highest achievement. Cinema has become so cynical in the last twenty years, so narrow in scope and so entertainment driven, that anything which requires viewers to experience a motion picture on its own terms is usually greeted with scorn.

These would be very tough times, indeed, for the likes of a young Fellini, Kubrick, and Lynch. That's not to say Tideland is a perfectly misunderstood creation, although it should be pointed out that those who are screaming foul about this film being pointless, self indulgent, and too weird are likely the very same people who ridiculed Grimm for being unoriginal, mainstream, and plain. Yes, there were walkouts at its screenings, gasps of shock, even angry grumbling. There were also laughs, applause, and continued debates concerning what the film was really about (how often does that occur these days after a screening?).

In the end, Tideland will likely please a select group who prefer to experience cinema rather than opposing it with their own expectations (there were those who were still talking about it two days following its premiere, even when they hated it).
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depends what you expect! 19 Jun 2007
By dazzahr
I feel compelled to review this if only to counter all the negativity here and up the average of the star rating! This is Gilliam - you can't expect something ordinary so don't complain you don't get plots and happy endings! This is a whimsical, beautifully shot and superbly acted, sinister but strangly charming sort of day(or few days)-in-the-life of a little girl and the part fantasy world she imagines or creates in order to cope/enjoy/better experience - whatever - the 'real' one. Don't expect anything conventional or even profound - it's an Alice in Wonderland story; not the quirky Disney ones though, rather the frequently weird and constantly intriguing Lewis Carrol novels. If you like them you may well enjoy this.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but not for everyone 31 Jan 2007
This DVD has an introduction from Terry Gilliam at the beginning of the film, in it he says "I've got a confession to make, a lot of you aren't going to like this film." It's sad, but it's true, it's true because there are some very controversial scenes in the film, it's sad because a lot people won't be able to look past that, and see what a brilliant film this really is. No, these scenes don't have to be in the film, but maybe Gilliam's making a point about how we see the world; "If it's disturbing it's because it's innocent." Tideland is the story of a little girl named Jeliza- Rose who travels to a small house in the country with her father, the film shows how she deals with her difficult life with imagination, the film's dark and disturbing, but ultimately optimistic.

There's a lot for Gilliam fans here, the camera angles, the odd fantasy elements and the strange dark humour.

This film could have been terrible if it hadn't been done properly, but the film stays interesting and gripping because of the connection Gilliam gives us to Jeliza-Rose.

I'm not here to judge, and if people don't like this film they're entitled to, but all I'm saying is give it a chance, because a fair few of you, like me, are going to love it for the beautiful film it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The young star is worth the watch. 2 Sep 2011
Comic, compelling, creepy. The young star is just astonishing and if everything else were terrible, she would make it worth watching. Luckily, everything else is not terrible, just very unsettling. Drug overdoses, retardation, child sexual abuse, and hints at complete insanity are present here but so are dark humor and a great acting job by Ferland. I'm guessing this will be more appreciated in the future. Just don't expect "12 Monkeys" or "The Fisher King."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful dark and innocent 16 Nov 2007
terry gilliam demonstrates his sensitivity and wonder in this film. an adaptation of a book inspired by art, dreams and childhood vision, this film is hard to digest at parts but worth the discomfort.

in order to fully embrace the point of this film you should lose yourself to the child's perspective, it is hard not to read into all the disturbing suggestive content but as a child of 9 you would not see things the way we do now. the point of the film will be lost the more you cling to an adult view.

the main character jeliza-rose played by jodelle ferland (the best performance ive ever seen in any film) is a young girl in an extreemly adult world. hyper sureal and twisted, tideland takes you into her wonderland.

this film contains drug use, sexual content and morbidly disturbed behaviour which all involves this 9 year old girl, but in her world she doesnt see the danger and the real hiddeousness of the people she encounters; she just wants to make friends.

this is so beautiful, but not particularly for the faint hearted and some scenes may ofend.

i was not expecting anything like this - more like tim burton's BIG FISH - believe me it is nothing like that. but to gilliam's credit, it delivers a grim tale with sensitive, deep, innocent humour and truth.

this is a very psychological and emotional story, that falls within many genres: fantasy, horror, thriller, black comedy...

beautifully shot, scripted and performed it is one of the most charming but heartbreaking films. an intelligent portrayal of a lonely children's imagination - one of the best of its kind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars O Terry, what have you done?
This must be Gilliam's most difficult film; weeks after seeing it I am still not sure if it is a masterpiece or a train-crash. But worth seeing it to make up your own mind. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Bob Vernon
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING! Also MAD and BEAUTIFUL at the same time!
There are dysfunctional families and then there is this messed-up sh..

This is a film full of extremes in imagery, emotion and experience. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pallus the Phallus
5.0 out of 5 stars Manages to retain a child's innocence well around such harrowing...
I just watched this movie [Tideland] for the first time, and, as always, Jodelle Ferland is an amazing actress. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rusalka
5.0 out of 5 stars Tideland
Fantastic movie, what more is there to say? Jeff Bridges best performance , all be it a bit brief! Amen
Published 7 months ago by John Nicoll
4.0 out of 5 stars Does weird necessarily mean good?
I'm writing this review after my third viewing of `Tideland' - a film by acclaimed director, Terry Gilliam. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Albatross
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy but well acted
Creepy but well acted. Decomposing Jeff Bridges was ace. A little bit creepy, leaning toward the down right wrong with Jaliza Rose relationship with her 'boyfriend'
Published 11 months ago by Louise Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars A disturbingly brilliant Tour De Force
his movie moved, repulsed and disturbed me. As I watched I found myself cringe, recoil in horror, dread for Jeliza Roses's fate and saddened by all the pain, misery and confusion... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hugo Melo
4.0 out of 5 stars Through the eyes of a child ...
A much better film than most reviewers would have you believe. There is horror and unpleasantness in abundance - yes - but focus on Terry Gilliam's own comment that this is a world... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Shrewlord
2.0 out of 5 stars The Texas Monty Python massacre
Gilliams kinematic grotesqueries here are only partially excusable on the grounds of the film being founded on a writers book and not on a story or screenplay by Gilliam himself... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by Ken Raus
3.0 out of 5 stars As Dark a Fairytale as 'The Brothers Grimm' Should Have Been
This is a review of the two-disc edition.

A Terry Gilliam film with only three stars? Even a Terry Gilliam film that the director wanted to make, enjoyed making, and in... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Nicholas Casley
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