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Tideland (2005)

Cast: Jodelle Micah Ferland, Jodelle Micah Ferland, Janet McTeer, more...
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Gilliam
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Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Languages: English
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Following the death of her drug-addicted mother, a whimsical young girl follows her chemically dependent father to a remote prairie house to discover a wondrous world of magical fireflies and nocturnal bog men in this hallucinatory childhood fantasy from visionary filmmaker Terry Gilliam. Noah (Jeff Bridges) is a burnt-out rock star whose post-superstar voyage to obscurity is hastened by a serious drug addiction that is also shared with his wild-eyed wife (Jennifer Tilly). When the Noah's increasingly erratic wife suffers a fatal overdose, the faded rock star opts to escape the painful reality by retreating to a ramshackle remote home with his young daughter, Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland). Left to her own devices as her father stumbles about the grasslands in a drug-induced haze, Jeliza-Rose soon ventures into her own fantasy land before making the acquaintance of mentally challenged youth Dickens (Brendan Fletcher). As the two become fast friends and Jeliza-Rose joins the swimsuit-clad Dickens in defeating the menacing shark that traverses the nearby railways, the pair are watched over by Dickens' black-clad sister, Dell (Janet McTeer), who acts as Dickens' guardian and whose overly enthusiastic interest in the art of taxidermy borders on obsessive. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Tideland (2005)
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5.59 (46 votes)
Tideland (Bonus Disc) (2005)
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6.38 (8 votes)

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Interesting Movie by zoontf October 13, 2008 - 12:32 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is definitely a twisted tale. No two ways about that. I'll first say that I had no idea what to expect. I was quite surprised and happy with the child actress' performance... her accent and attitude were really believable to me. Jeff Bridges certainly did fine with the short portion he had to do anything other than act dead in the film. The supporting characters were all done to my satisfaction. I think the story itself would have been a bit dull, despite the basic and twisted premise, if not for Gilliam's insane visions portrayed through the young girls eyes. I enjoyed the challenge of experiencing the movie through the eyes of someone who is pure and innocent, and has no idea of just how horrible the things around her are. If you are looking to challenge yourself to watching a movie that is unsettling to the core, this might be of interest to you.

I had to stop watching this movie by imipolex August 21, 2007 - 2:49 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I love Terry Gilliam's work. His movies are always aesthetically beautiful and often feature excellent performances and thought-provoking stories. Tideland is no exception. This is a very well-made movie. The actors are amazing (especially the little girl) and the scenery is spectacular. However, the story is so gruesome, so psychologically intense and creepy, that I had to turn it off after watching about 3/4 of the movie. It really freaked me out. Several days later I still feel like my mind has been polluted by the insane creepiness of this movie. I would have a hard time recommending this movie to anyone. If you do decide to watch it, be prepared for some excruciating weirdness.

truly and profoundly dull by rtarcher March 11, 2007 - 6:14 PM PDT
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
i highly doubt that any child would "see" these events in the tedious and boring way that gilliam portrays them
he seems to want to go out of his way to create an uncomfortable and shocking film
but it failed to shock me
it failed to make me feel uncomfortable
it failed to make me think
i give it one extra star for the very brief fantasy segments that actually DID seem like something a child might experience
the rest of the film is an utter waste of time

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