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Directed By
Terry Gilliam

Written By:
Terry Gilliam, Mitch Cullin

Jodelle Ferland, Jeff Bridges, Brendan Fletcher, Janet McTeer, Jennifer Tilly

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Tideland (2006)
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Movie Review by Jesse
March 17th, 2007

The Weirdest Film I Have Ever Seen.

Probably the weirdest film I have ever seen. It's very hard to rate this because I have never been more confused in my life. It's not that the plot is confusing, because the plot is very simple. It's the imagination of Terry Gilliam which disturbs me. He's had my respect ever since he was a member of the Monty Python troupe and especially now after he's created films like Brazil and 12 Monkeys.

With the creative mind of Terry Gilliam, this film (which is based on a novel by Mitch Cullin) takes flight. Some scenes are distubing and very, very gross and some just hurt your brain because you try to think of what the hell could it have possibly meant. The film is pretty much revolved around Jeliza-Rose (Ferland).

A young girl named Jeliza-Rose is taken to an abandoned house in the prairies by her father (Bridges) when her mother (Tilly) dies. There, her father overdoses and becomes a vegetable and Jeliza-Rose is left to fend for herself with only her wild imagination and a small jar of peanut butter to keep her going. She also has her four "friends" to help her. These friends are battered Barbie doll heads that she has named. She clings especially to the one she has named Mystique and they go everywhere together. One day she stumbles upon a woman dressed in a black bee outfit who she later finds out is named Dell (McTeer). This eccentric woman lives with her brother, Dickens (Fletcher), and together they hunt wild rabbits to live. Dickens is a little slow and has a wild imagination just like Jeliza-Rose. They hit it off and her, Dickens and Mystique go on various adventures which will make your mind bend.

This very, very odd film is good, don't get me wrong. It's just very wacky and maybe a little too wacky for my liking, hence the four star rating. I like the introduction to this film by Gilliam where he states that this is his inner child being released. You have to take this film for what it is. It's from the mind of an innocent little girl and by looking at it that way, I appreciate it more. The work that must have been put in this film is evident. Jodelle Ferland, however, carries this film on her shoulders. She is one hell of a terrific little actress. She was better than most of the leading ladies in films from 2006. Absolutely brilliant performance by her.

I do recommend this to people, but I warn you, this is a very strange movie about a young, corrupted little child. Don't be expecting anything too exciting, because this might disappoint you. For the first time after a movie, I was speechless. This film really confused me to the point where I didn't know what to think. I do believe that is a good thing. Anyways, go rent it if you're interested. You may like it or you may hate it... and you might just understand the bizzare mind of this young child.

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