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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: March 24, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Zeitgeist Films
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 1.0 - English
    • Subtitles - English SDH
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Guy Maddin, Director; George Toles, Screenwriter
    • Featurette: Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity - 1995 - Guy Maddin, Director
    • Documentary: Waiting for Twilight - 1997 - Noam Gonick, Director; Tom Waits, Narrator

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 12


User Ratings: 456
Rating: 3/4 -- An acquired taste, Maddin is an unusually precise director who leaves little to chance. Whether one finds his approach too careful or just stunningly controlled will be up to individual cineastes. Full Review
TV Guide
May 8, 2007
...By far [Maddin's] most polished and coherent work....One long and amusing pun on German Expressionistic film...
New York Times
Aug 27, 1993
Rating: 3/5 -- Careful is one long and amusing pun on German Expressionistic film imagery, Freudian psychology and quasi-Wagnerian storytelling, all carried to absurdist lengths.
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Film Comment
Nov 1, 1992
... an utterly demented melodrama tale of the repressed residents of a small alpine village who live in virtual silence... Full Review
Parallax View
Dec 21, 2010
Uniquely weird, subtly macabre, and utterly compelling. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 2/5 -- Too strange for its own good, Careful is less interesting as a film than it is as a Canadian cinematic anomaly. Full Review
Austin Chronicle
Jan 1, 2000

Product Description:

A stylish, parodic take on the German mountain films of the 1920's, this drama follows the travails of a widow and her three sons--the oldest of whom develops a sexual obsession for his mother--as they live in a Alpine town repressed by fears of an avalanche.

Description by Zeitgeist Films Ltd.:

The third feature from visionary Canadian auteur Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg, Brand upon the Brain!) takes place in a 19th-century mountain village where the wary residents must tread carefully and speak softly lest they cause an avalanche. Sexual frenzies teem in this world of repression, setting off incestuous love triangles with deadly consequences. Bathed in lurid tints that are more stunning than ever in Zeitgeist's new Hi-Def master, CAREFUL resembles a vintage melodrama from another planet that could only come from the singular mind of Guy Maddin. Zeitgeist continues its 20th anniversary celebration with this beautiful new "Remastered and Repressed" Edition of a cult classic.

Plot Synopsis:

A parodic and experimental tale that explores incestuous affections, heated vengeance and supernatural visitations in an Alpine town that itself faces the never-ending threat of destruction by an avalanche.


Production Notes:

  • Additional production companies: The Greg and Tracy Film Ministry Inc. Additional funding provided by CIDO and the Manitoba Arts Council.

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  • UPC: 795975111232
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