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  • Summary: In a house haunted with memories, gangster and father Ulysses Pick arrives home after a long absence tow-ing the body of a teenaged girl and a bound and gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, isIn a house haunted with memories, gangster and father Ulysses Pick arrives home after a long absence tow-ing the body of a teenaged girl and a bound and gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, is focused on one thing: journey-ing through the house, room by room, and reaching his wife Hyacinth in her bedroom upstairs. The equilibrium of the house has been disturbed and his odyssey eventually becomes an emotional tour, as the ghostly nooks and crannies of the house reveal more about the mysterious Pick family. (Monterey Media Inc.) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    Sep 1, 2012
    80
    Though self-referential to a fault, the deadpan humour, frayed logic and monochrome dazzle cast their own richly peculiar spell.
  2. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 12, 2012
    75
    Like Maddin's melancholic and relatively more conventional "My Winnipeg," Keyhole is about a memory house, but one that is even more fragmented, mythical and elusive.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Apr 6, 2012
    70
    Just as Ulysses illustrates the reflective nature of his journey by constantly turning back the hands of the house's clocks, each film of Maddin's is a reset button for the past. The director operates like a ghost himself, going back over his personal history and the history of cinema in an endless loop until he gets them right.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 6, 2012
    63
    I have to confess that this surreal departure by the iconoclastic filmmaker tried my patience more than a bit.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 3, 2012
    60
    For all the undeniable imaginativeness and visual dazzle (this is Maddin's first entirely digital feature, and it positively glistens), Keyhole ultimately comes off like a feature-length private joke that revels a bit too gleefully in its overall inscrutability. Close, Guy. But no Double Yahtzee.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Apr 1, 2012
    50
    An exercise in opaque supernatural storytelling that's as frustrating as it is beguiling.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 31, 2012
    50
    The first Guy Maddin movie that feels as if it got only halfway out of the director's head and onto the screen.

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