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Tideland (2d-Collector's Edition)

Director(s): Terry Gilliam

Theatrical Release: 2006

Cast: Jodelle Ferland, Janet McTeer, Brendan Fletcher, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Dylan Taylor

Genre(s): Fantasy, Drama, psychological, coming-of-age, Dean's List

Countries: United Kingdom, Canada

Location in store: American Directors > Terry Gilliam

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Ant Rating
Running Time: 121m.

Following the death of her drug-addicted mother, a whimsical young girl follows her chemically dependent father to a remote prairie house to discover a wondrous world of magical fireflies and nocturnal bog men in this hallucinatory childhood fantasy from visionary filmmaker Terry Gilliam. Noah (Jeff Bridges) is a burnt-out rock star whose post-superstar voyage to obscurity is hastened by a serious drug addiction that is also shared with his wild-eyed wife (Jennifer Tilly). When the Noah's increasingly erratic wife suffers a fatal overdose, the faded rock star opts to escape the painful reality by retreating to a ramshackle remote home with his young daughter, Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland). Left to her own devices as her father stumbles about the grasslands in a drug-induced haze, Jeliza-Rose soon ventures into her own fantasy land before making the acquaintance of mentally challenged youth Dickens (Brendan Fletcher). As the two become fast friends and Jeliza-Rose joins the swimsuit-clad Dickens in defeating the menacing shark that traverses the nearby railways, the pair are watched over by Dickens' black-clad sister, Dell (Janet McTeer), who acts as Dickens' guardian and whose overly enthusiastic interest in the art of taxidermy borders on obsessive. (


2-DVD Collector's Edition Special Features:

! An Introduction from Terry Gilliam

! Commentary by Terry Gilliam and screenwriter Tony Grisoni

! "Getting Gilliam" featurette by Vincenzo Natali with optional commentary by Terry Gilliam and Vincenzo Natali

! "The Making of Tideland" featurette

! Deleted scenes with commentary by Terry Gilliam

! "Filming Green Screen" with commentary by Terry Gilliam

! Interview with Terry Gilliam

! Interview with producer Jeremy Thomas

! Trailers

Member Reviews

Fairy Tales are dark by C20005635 - August 17, 2008
In this world, we view fairy tales as something to entertain our children. However, few realize that these folk tales were meant as cautionary tales. They were meant to scare children into proper behavior. For example, many don't realize that what we call Cinderella was collected in various forms over the years, most notably via the Grimm brothers, and they published each manifestation, including a version where the young, "put-upon", abused girl of the story was named, "Cinder-slut". This tale was to show children that they must obey their parents or suffer ill consequences. Modern fairy tales have been given the "Disney" treatment, so that we might find them amusing or sweet or full of hopes and dreams.

Tideland favors the original sensibility about a fairy tale. We see Jeliza-Rose's life through her eyes. There is an innocence, as Terry Gilliam suggests in his opening monologue and as such, the sexual mores we place on this girl's world are further advanced than she can grasp.

From her rough reality, we are placed into more of a trance or dream as her life unfolds around her. She doesn't put the same constraints on her world that we might. Her treatment of death is indeed, childish, for she is a child. She can only handle such adult concepts with her own knowledge and experience. Much of childhood involves a darkness that few remember as adults. We grow up and put away our fears or joys or interests as we grow older. Terry has allowed us to remember some of those unusual and uninformed ideas we had.

A child living with two junkies might horrify the viewer, especially when she is shown lovingly "cooking" her father's heroin, yet we need to realize that for her, that is normal life. It is not judged by her as evil or dangerous or wrong, it is simply what has always happened.

I haven't read the book, although I have an interest in it after seeing this. This is a dark tale, full of woe and sorrow with bright spots of glee. Isn't that what life is anyway? We absorb and grow from our sorrows to better appreciate our joys. Sometimes there is a happy ending, even if it makes no sense at the time. Terry directs a film of darkness with that glimmer of hope for the future, while remembering that we must still live in the moment.