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A dark but humorous portrait of a young girl's reaction to emotional trauma directed by Terry Gilliam. After her drug-addicted mother's overdose, city kid Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland in an Oscar-nominated role), is taken by her well-meaning father to a house he'd purchased for his now-dead mother in a remote rural area. The youngster's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic as she struggles to deal with her new, rather grim reality. The local people are a truly motley bunch with more than a few bizarre idiosyncrasies, further fuelling Jeliza's imagination.
Whimsical, occasionally alarming and consistently odd, Tideland isnt a film for everyone. But director Terry Gilliam would be the first to admit that; in his introduction on the DVD, he says that while some people will love the film, others will hate it, and still others just wont know what to make of it.
Its not difficult to see why. Tideland is about a little girl whose imagination becomes her refuge when first her mother dies of a drug overdose, then her deadbeat father follows suit, leaving her alone in a house surrounded by endless fields and lurking lunatics.
Tideland has been compared with Guillermo del Toros Pans Labyrinth; but where the latter film had a brutal wartime backdrop, Tideland is set in the sunny but isolated world of the American deep South, and the nightmare creatures of the Labyrinth are exchanged for battered dolls heads. Left to his own devices, Gilliam does tend to make very strange films, and this is no exception. Tidelands real strength is in its lead actress: for an eleven-year-old to carry a film that tackles death, drugs and child abuse is a tall order, but Jodelle Ferland manages it spectacularly. --Sarah Dobbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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).Read more ›
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.
I usually enjoy surreal films such as El Topo, but this was just grating and made me want to claw my eyes out.
So it doesn't exactly startle that he's tackled Mitch Cullin's southern gothic novel, and turned it into an eerie sort of "Brazil-Meets-Alice-In-Wonderland." It lacks much of a cohesive plot, but Gilliam can still make a creepy, exquisite storyline that takes place half in the weirdness of this world, half in a little girl's head.
When her crazed mother ODs and dies, Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland) and her washed-up dad Noah (Jeff Bridges) move to a decrepit Texas farm. But like most junkies, Noah soon dies as well. Jeliza-Rose seems to go into denial, letting her father's body sit in the house as she explores the rippling grass -- like a sea -- around her house, spinning a series of dreamlike fantasies.
She's accompanied by four doll's heads and a variety of fantastical visions, all to help her cope with her loneliness. But then she befriends the child-man Dickens (Brendan Fletcher) and his eccentric sister Dell (Janet McTeer). A darker side starts to creep into Jeliza-Rose's world, as Dickens' vendetta against the Monster Shark leads to disaster.
Terry Gilliam has basically made a career out of being weird, and all the movies he's made reflect that. Sometimes his movies are absolutely brilliant ("Brazil"), and sometimes it's just average ("Brothers Grimm"). It's too soon to judge how "Tideland" will be remembered, but I'm thinking that it will be remembered as one of Gilliam's most moving films.
The plot is pretty simple -- incomprehensible to those expecting a "normal" story -- but it sort of drifts off after Noah's demise.Read more ›
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Seen through a child's eyes it's a really sweet film, however with adult glasses on it's a little unsettling. Read more
6 minutes are missing.
And it should have been rated 18.
They lower the rate and reduced the running time.
This film is beyond weird, and seems to be quite divisive. You'll need to watch it for yourself to find out if you will like it or not. Just keep an open mind. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HairyBumMan