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Tideland

 

Tideland-poster-0 It seems, from the flat-out filmic disaster of "Tideland," that director Terry Gilliam is intent on ensuring a decisive end to his checkered filmmaking career. Just as wrongheaded as this year’s worse film ("The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things"), the similarly themed, "Tideland" is a grotesque absurdist non-story about Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland) the adolescent daughter of heroin junkie parents. Jeliza-Rose leaves for the countryside with her father Noah (Jeff Bridges) after her mother Queen Gunhilda (Jennifer Tilly) dies in bed. When her father overdoses, Jeliza-Rose is orphaned to a creaky house under the big skies of the Midwest where she befriends a strange woman from Noah's past with a talent for taxidermy and her mentally retarded brother Dickens (Brendan Fletcher). Gilliam flirts with necrophilia and pedophilia as Jeliza-Rose and Dickens share a dubious romantic relationship. The film is based on Mitch Cullin’s novel of the same title.

 

Rated R. 120 mins. (F) (Zero Stars)


 

 

Posted by Cole Smithey on October 16, 2006 in Fantasy | Permalink
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