Tideland

Starring Jodelle Ferland, Janet McTeer and Brendan Fletcher. Directed by Terry Gilliam.
Running Time: 115 minutes.
Rated: Rated MA 15+ (strong themes and drug use).

Terry Gilliam has an amazing imagination. An American who has lived in England for almost 40 years, he came to prominence as part of the Monty Python team as well as with his abilities as a cartoonist (which can be seen in Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life). He began directing in the 1970s with Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Jabberwocky. For many, his best film is the surreal Brazil. Others nominate The Fisher King or Twelve Monkeys. His proposed film on Don Quixote with Johnny Depp had to be abandoned and his Brothers Grimm was severely edited by Harvey Weinstein. In the meantime, he made Tideland.

A synopsis would not be all that much help for appreciating Tideland, though one wonders what is happening for much of the time. Tideland is a land of the imagination (from a novel by Mitch Cullin). Filmed in Canada, it is set in a remote area of open fields (and a passing train line). The old, abandoned house is meant to be reminiscent of Psycho, but many of the explicit references are to Alice in Wonderland.

The Alice here is Jeliza Rose, a young girl who lives in her imagination while caring for her burnt-out addict singer father, Jeff Bridges, and her spaced out mother, Jennifer Tilly. When her mother dies, father and daughter return to the old family house where

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