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Tideland

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2h200515
Jeliza-Rose is an unusual child - her father is an aging junkie rock and roller and her mother is a junkie chocoholic. After the death of her mother she sinks into a fantasy world where her friends are doll heads and she meets a mysterious talking squirrel.
Directors
Terry Gilliam
Starring
Janet McTeerJeff BridgesJennifer Tilly
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
None Available
Audio Languages
English

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Supporting actors
Jodelle FerlandBrendan Fletcher
Producers
Jeremy ThomasGabriella Martinelli
Studio
Revolver
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3.8 out of 5 stars

322 global ratings

  1. 54% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 18% of reviews have 1 stars
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Cls14Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Well it's different
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It's far from the worst, weirdest or most disturbing film I've ever seen on here by a long way. More of a 2.5 stars than a 3. It is however quite weird and disturbing, not necessarily for the content by for the fact that the main actress Jodelle Ferland has to do some pretty strange stuff in it like inject her dad with drugs, talk to his rotting corpse and kiss a mentally handicapped character over twice her age. I did however enjoy it's dream like quality but disliked the fact it had no context in terms of where in reality it was grounded.

What is quite interesting is that I read Gillam once said this: "I was the perfect guy to do Harry Potter. I remember leaving the meeting, getting in my car, and driving for about two hours along Mulholland Drive just so angry. I mean, Chris Columbus' versions are terrible. Just dull. Pedestrian."

No Terry, you're just the loose end of Monty Python making strange niche films. Glad you never got your hands on that franchise.
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David J. AldredReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray good, DVD bad
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This is not a review of Terry Gilliam's film 'Tideland' – rather it is my review of the DVD versus the Blu-ray version.

Do not buy the DVD. Get the Blu-ray if you can. I am not hard-of-hearing but some movies need subtitles – either because the actors or their characters don't enunciate clearly or the audio mix favours sound effects over dialogue or – as is the case here, the characters have strong Southern American accents.

First I bought a DVD version that, when I started watching I realised that although the dialogue was all in English the film was presented with over-sized French subtitles. So I searched around in the menu for English subtitles: no English subtitles; not even an option to turn off the French subtitles. Why would French viewers need permanent subtitles? Now, I like watching foreign films as much as the next person, but I don't expect to watch an English language film with French subs. It was very distracting, to be honest. So I contacted the vendor and they were most apologetic, and my money was refunded immediately. The lesson here is before you buy any DVD, study the cover carefully. If it's got French words on it you probably shouldn't buy it, unless you're French that is – or unless the film in question is 'Papillon' or 'Emmanuelle' or some other-such title.

Then I had another go. I bought the real English DVD, but after watching it for 20 minutes I realised why French viewers would need permanent subtitles. I was going to have trouble following the dialogue – and I'm English. So I looked in the menu for subtitles: no subtitles in any language on the DVD. That is odd, and it made the film unwatchable.

Finally I bought the Blu-ray Special Edition* and Hooray! Optional English subtitles! (but alas, no other languages, so if you're French, search for that French version. Anyway, as well as English subs, there's a commentary by Gilliam, a making-of documentary -or two, deleted scenes, and lots more. It's sort of what we've come to expect from regular DVDs though (apart for the high-definition), and I don't think I should have had to fork out for the Blu-ray just to understand the dialogue. Having said that, I'm glad I did. And it's a fabulous, disturbing, magical film!

(*I cannot vouch for any non-special edition version)
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
What is this supposed to be?
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I haven't read the book it was based on so maybe I'm missing something. Was it just trying to be weird? That's all this film seems to be aiming for but it didn't even succeed in that. I've been a Terry Gilliam fan for decades but I'm sorry this is just a complete load of nonsense.
2 people found this helpful
RicardoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully shot... but...
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Misleading description. Disturbing story, in a beautifully photographed movie. Child’s point of view of life, having drug addicted parents. Paedophilic relationships.
4 people found this helpful
HanaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed it
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I like weird films and this one is a great example.
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Security ConsciousReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 September 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
If you are considering watching this, just save yourself some time, and don;t
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There is very little that is likeable, or that makes sense in this movie. It's a confusing, appalling mess. Even Jeff Bridges couldn't save it.
It's not "unique" or "niche" it's just boring and weird. Full stop.
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MR IReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Difficult
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Macabre of mummification of beloved ones and living with their bodies in the house. The story is sort of the loose at some point and it gets to through to the point you are not sure where you are and what is the point. what is the idea of the whole thing and guess is this TG style or not quite there. Sort of waste of acting of Janet McTeer as you wish to see her more. great role of Jodelle Ferland keeps this movie on.
Mr Ahmad KamaraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
One strange bizarre movie about nothing
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What a senseless and pointless movie. Doesn't even deserva a one star
2 people found this helpful
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