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beautiful dark and innocent,
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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.