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My Winnipeg2007

My Winnipeg (2007)



Critic Consensus: My Winnipeg is a charmingly irreverent 'docu-fantasy' from the unpredictable mind of Guy Maddin.

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Visionary Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin pays tribute to his beloved hometown with this goodbye letter and self-described "docu-fantasia" that is equal parts transcendental rumination, historical chronicle, and personal portrait. In the first segment, Maddin's camera drifts dreamlike through crowded trains as a floating kielbasa hangs from the ceiling and the director/narrator ponders just why the city boasts the most sleepwalkers per capita of any major international city. Later, the viewer is treated to images of numerous historical monuments in the city as they learn about such key historical events as the Winnipeg General Strike, the defeat of the Winnipeg Jets, and even the Golden Boy pageant scandal and a racetrack tragedy that found numerous horses sent to an icy death. As the third and final segment gets underway, the director draws inspiration from filmmaker William Castle to present pivotal -- and often traumatic -- events from his childhood that left an indelible mark while simultaneously serving to mold his unique vision of his beloved Winnipeg. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Darcy Fehr
as Guy Maddin
Amy Stewart
as Janet Maddin
Ann Savage
as Mother
Louis Negin
as Mayor Cornish
Brendan Cade
as Cameron Maddin
Wesley Cade
as Ross Maddin
Kate Yacula
as Citizen Girl
Jacelyn Lobay
as Gwenyth Lloyd
Eric Nipp
as Viscount Gort
Jennifer Palichuk
as Althea Cornish
Guy Maddin
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for My Winnipeg

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (31)

Guy Maddin docu about his hometown gives fans everything they'd expect, plus a few moments of unexpected sincerity.

October 18, 2008

Maddin is a real film-maker with a confident, fluent movie language that is evolving in fascinating directions.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The best way to take My Winnipeg is with a box of popcorn and a grain of salt.

July 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is a secret history, and it's a wonder.

July 11, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An affecting, dreamy, Chris Marker-esque, ciné-essay.

July 3, 2008 | Rating: 5/6 | Full Review…

My Winnipeg is a mobile collage, and its assemblage is fascinating.

June 29, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Winnipeg

One of the most inventive, unique, surreal, contemplative movies I have ever seen.

Dillon Lupky
Dillon Lupky

Super Reviewer


A visual poem about... well, Winnipeg. A fascinating projection of Guy Maddin's memories and personal mythologies about the city where he was born and raised, juxtaposed upon a fantastical recount of historical facts and urban legends with his trademark silent film aesthetic, grainy and ethereal. It's self-indulgent perhaps, but watching it is enrapturing like discovering a completely new world. A perfect example of how realities become extraordinary when observed through an extraordinary prism.

Elvira B
Elvira B

Super Reviewer

It sounds weird, but this is just the type of film I'd make if I were a filmmaker. It's like the dude voiced out my deepest, darkest, insomniacest sentiments and filmed it in a sort of hyper-nostalgic, Caligari surreal docudrama. It's a perfect homage to a weirdo town and you get the feeling the guy really, really loves living there. This is a GOOD movie.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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