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Careful (1993)



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Guy Maddin and George Toles wrote this bizarre, stylish, and sometimes hilarious comedy, done in a mock-Expressionist style, about the 19th-century Alpine village of Tolzbad and its inhabitants dark secrets of incest, suicide, murder, and ghostly hauntings.

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Julia Brown
as Townsperson
Jackie Burroughs
as Frau Teacher
Paul Cox
as Count Knotkers
Sarah Neville
as Klara Trotta
Victor Cowie
as Herr Trotta
Michael O'Sullivan
as The Blind Ghost
Katya Gardner
as Sigleinde
Ross McMillan
as Chief Steward
as Townsperson
Jennifer Harris
as Townsperson
Leith Clark
as Butler Blore
Glen Hubich
as Butler Schrammel
George Toles
as Countess Knotgers
Greg Klymkiw
as Shower Meister
Kelli Shinfield
as Gerda the Mountain Girl
Matt Holm
as Butler Student
Conrad Percheson
as Butler Student
Hans Ter Horst
as Butler Student
Kurt Moritz
as Butler Student
Jeff Solylo
as Butler Student
Ian Handford
as Butler Student
Caelum Vatnsdal
as Butler Student
Mark Yuill
as Butler Student
Jonas Chernick
as Butler Student
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Critic Reviews for Careful

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

In part a hilarious satire about Canadian timidity, it also comes across periodically as a formalist gem about nothing at all.

May 8, 2007 | Full Review…

Uniquely weird, subtly macabre, and utterly compelling.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Careful is one long and amusing pun on German Expressionistic film imagery, Freudian psychology and quasi-Wagnerian storytelling, all carried to absurdist lengths.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

There's something wonderfully unique about the project but the reasons for doing it remain buried.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Careful, the hilariously bizarre new film from Canadian director Guy Maddin, is like some lost masterpiece from a time-warped alternative dimension -- a strange artifact that time forgot.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Too strange for its own good, Careful is less interesting as a film than it is as a Canadian cinematic anomaly.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Careful


Repressed emotions erupt into suicide, betrayals and duels in a fairy tale Alpine village where everyone must whisper and watch their every move closely for fear of avalanches. This is Guy Maddin, so if features gorgeous stylized visuals based on German Expressionists (here, bizarre hand-tinting choices which lead to scenes performed in brilliant yellow and pink or extreme orange); but, although the setting here is pure fantastic Maddin, the quiet, melodrama-based plot takes too long to engage, making CAREFUL a movie that's more for established fans of this auteur than to newcomers.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer


"Careful" is set in a mountain valley where the villagers are worried that the slightest sound could set off an avalanche, and are on guard constantly against any action no matter how small that can spell their doom. Living in such a place, brothers Johann(Brent Neale) and Grigorss(Kyle McCulloch) enter into training for the perfect occupation at the butler school.(Not affiliated with Butler University in any way.) This way, Johann will have an occupation once he and Klara(Sarah Neville) get married. But then he starts having these weird dreams about his mother(Gosia Dobrowolska). "Careful" is another entertaining pastiche from Guy Maddin that tells its story in delirious fashion with tinted images. Madness along with incest are the central topics of discussion as the events, like an avalanche, are set off from the preceding one, each forming a worse catastrophe. This can only be expected in a village so repressed that any sounds of joy, anger or sadness must be contained. Or maybe the altitude finally got to everyone.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


The cinematography and art direction are superb. However, the action stays in a less than interesting middle ground that isn't quite comedy and never pushes hard enough to delve into a meaningful exploration of the Freudian issues it seems to be hinting at.

Brett Warren
Brett Warren

Super Reviewer

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