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My Winnipeg

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Released 2008

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Director:
Guy Maddin
Released:
2008
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My Winnipeg is an ode to the director's hometown; it's Guy Maddin's surrealistic, indie documentary about the little town in Canada that made him who he is. Winnepeg has always been a sleepy town, a place in which children grow up swearing that they will move away. Yet Maddin is still there. His family still lives in the same apartment above their hair salon business. Maddin's mother (Ann Savage) celebrates her 65th wedding anniversary, though her husband has been dead for many years. It's this moment of bittersweet nostalgia that gives Maddin a bird's-eye view of his hometown's history. He revisits the general strike of 1919, the felling of an important elm tree in 1957, and the construction of the local hockey rink in place of an historic building. In a sometimes cryptic portrayal of images from his own childhood and retellings of town legends, Maddin blends documentary with farce and history with dark metaphors. The film won Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This haunting phantasmagoria of a film -- comic, singular, surreal -- is not only something no one but the Canadian director could have made, it's also a film no one else would hav...

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Maddin's real point -- and, for admirers of this brilliant and idiosyncratic artist, the true source of the movie's interest -- is that Winnipeg explains him.

  • 70

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    Though it may feel undernourished to the faithful, Winnipeg is an easily digestible meal, for the uninitiated and fans alike.

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