Last night we watched Tideland, which our friend Andre bought. I don't know if he's seen it yet or not or what he thought of it. Personally, I loved it. Was it dark? Yes. I'd put it right along side Cronenberg, honestly. Especially since it was dark without judgement, which is how most Cronenberg feels to me. It just *is* something. The director isn't trying to tell you if it's right or wrong... it just *is*.
I think that Gilliam really nailed the point on the head in an interview on the disk. He said that as a country we've been hysterical over the idea of child welfare. We've painted children as victims and have forgotten how strong they really are. Most of the people who talked about this movie on IMDB call it a horror movie, a nightmare, disturbing, and especially harrowing where it concerns the girl in the story. To the point where they think that her basic humanity is destroyed by the time she gets to the end of the movie. And that's ridiculous. It's much safer to say that it is a fairy tale in the oldest tradition where children are honestly placed in positions of peril and have to figure out how to get out of it, hopefully growing and learning along the way.
On top of just being a well done story it's also beautiful. We saw the trailer for it which makes it out as some sort of special effects freak out but it's really really not. This movie was just so overlooked. But it's definitely not for everyone, especially those who can't see the movie from the innocent perspective it needs to be seen in.