In Keyhole, the universe is confined to one constantly expanding house - the inhabitants of which are the Pick family, a gang of no-good criminals and a series of ghostly apparitions. It's a world where the supernatural coexist with the living and where time flits back and forth. Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) returns to the house after a long journey with a nameless, gagged young man and the body of a drowned girl. His gang of petty mercenaries have been holding fort during his absence and now he must embark on a perilous journey through his home to find his wife Hyacinth (Maddin regular Isabella Rossellini).
Like some kind of noirish nightmare taking place in the repressed memories of It's central protagonist, Keyhole is an incredibly haunting journey that looks set to divide audience at this year's Berlinale. Much like David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006) there will be many fully prepared to lose themselves in Maddin's ludicrously overindulgent nightmare, however everyone else will struggle to find little more than an incoherent mess of a film. Regardless of where you find yourself, there's little doubt that Keyhole will firmly lodge itself in the forefront of your mind.
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