My Winnipeg
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Guy Maddin docu about his hometown gives fans everything they'd expect, plus a few moments of unexpected sincerity."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"An affecting, dreamy, Chris Marker-esque, ciné-essay."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Presented with such dreamlike flourish and humor that watching the movie is extremely entertaining."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"It's so personal and so funny and so moving. Guy Maddin uses cinematic arts and crafts to convey his feelings about his home town"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Maddin is a real film-maker with a confident, fluent movie language that is evolving in fascinating directions."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"The best way to take My Winnipeg is with a box of popcorn and a grain of salt."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"My Winnipeg is a mobile collage, and its assemblage is fascinating."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Maddin's exploration of his dysfunctional family life mirrors the crumbling facade of this major city. The symbolism is potent; the skill with which Maddin applies it, masterful."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"It'll stay with you and haunt you in the best possible way long after you left the cinema."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"A film that makes what would seem like a mundane documentary into a funny, charming, relatable and interesting exploration of Maddin's home."
‑ Monika Bartyzel, Cinematical
"This is a secret history, and it's a wonder."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The world would be a better place if every city had its Maddin."
‑ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
"Leaves one alternately giddy and groggy"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"My Winnipeg is too funny and touching to be labeled purely experimental. It's magical, but the type of movie magic all can enjoy, if they only take a walk through the winter wonderland known as Winnipeg."
‑ Steve Ramos, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"This love/hate tribute to [director Maddin's] hometown is one of the year's weirdest, most memorable 80 minutes of celluloid."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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