After a string of largely autobiographical films, Winnipeg auteur Maddin returns with his most entertaining film to date. A playful take on Homer’s Odyssey, Keyhole follows mobster Ulysses Pick (Patric) on a quest through the house he once owned (currently haunted) to return to the bed of his wife (Rossellini).
Much like the epic poem, the film can be read in myriad ways, but this complexity gives the film its charm. Maddin wants the audience to have fun puzzling things out. Equal credit goes to Patric, who gives a commanding and witty performance in the lead, rescuing the material when Maddin threatens to undermine it with an abundance of highly stylized set pieces in the film’s final third.
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