128 minutes – Fantasy/drama Festival release date: January 26, 2015, Sundance Film Festival Release date: October 9, 2015 Canadian Distributor: Phi Films/Mongrel Media
As potbellied, satin robe-clad Marv opens The Forbidden Room, he instructs us on the history and significance of bathing. One might never guess what’s in store from Guy Maddin’s ode to the lost movies of the silent era, honouring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy. Bursting with playful cacophony, Maddin’s opus takes us high into the air, under the sea, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception, and murder.
David Christensen Phoebe Greenberg Phyllis Laing Guy Maddin Penny Mancuso
David Christensen François-Pierre Clavel Niv Fichman Jody Shapiro
Alexandre Perrier Jean-Marc Vicariot
Jean Du Toit Emmanuelle-Claude Heroux Elizabeth Jarvis
The Ostler’s Mother Florence Labadie Cesare Margot Marv / Smithy / Mars / Organizer / Mr. Lanyon Count Yugh / The Butler / The Dead Father / Guard / Pharmacist Jarvis / Dr. Deane / A Husband Mathieu Amalric … Thadeusz M___ / Ostler Wolf / Pilot / The Captain The Master Passion / Nursemaid / Aunt Chance Dr. Deng / Speedy Gong Bent / Minister of the Interior Baron Pappenheim The Blind Mother / Clotilde Saplingjack 1 / Listening Man / Pancho Dr. Warren Jane Lanyon Alicia Warlock / The Chambermaid Squid Thief / Madman / Dr. Moarte-Joc Harlan Kent McQuaid … Mason Saplingjack 3 / Man with Stones on His Ankles Saplingjack 2 / Man with Upturned Face Surgeon Ukrainian Prisoner The Mute Invalid Eve The Skull-Faced Man Woman Skeleton 1 Woman Skeleton 2 Woman Skeleton 3 Inner Child The Boy Xiao Mrs. M___ The Doctor Bathing Man Nightclub Attendee / Climax Player A Mother Luce Oracle Bones Nurse Kim Mysterious Necklace Woman Bathing Woman 1 Bathing Woman 2 Forest Nymph Nightclub Attendee / Climax Player A Woman in the Street Karl Le Barron Scout Doctor POW Scout Nils Father’s Posthumous Buddy Auctioneer Sue Bud Lotte Sister Create