Protagonist Guy Maddin returns to
remote Black Notch island, where he grew up alongside an orphanage
run by his parents, to paint the lighthouse to appease his mother.
Memories of strange events there overpower him.
Guy Maddin’s mad, imaginary
childhood is a nightmare under the hyper-watchful eye of his crazed
mother restoring her youth like hell and a diabolically distant
scientist-father. Exploring the orphanage Guy unearths a world of
disturbing science experiments and devilish schemes.
The film consists of twelve
labeled chapters, and is narrated by Isabella Rossellini.