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||IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 from 3,394 votes
||Release: 8 October 2009 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Comedy, Documentary, Drama, History
||Director: Guy Maddin,
||Stars: Amy Stewart, Ann Savage, Brendan Cade, Darcy Fehr, Deborah Carlson, Eric Nipp, Fred Dunsmore, Jacelyn Lobay, Jennifer Palichuk, Kate Yacula, Kevin Harris, Lou Profeta, Louis Negin, Scott Hamel, Wesley Cade
||Synopsis: Filmmaker Guy Maddin was born, raised and has always lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a town where he says everyone sleepwalks through life. He is trying to escape Winnipeg, but isn't sure how as he isn't sure what's kept him there in the first place. Perhaps his parent's month long 65th wedding anniversary celebration (despite his father being dead for some years) where he will reenact his childhood (with actors playing his family, except his mother who plays herself) in the old family home at 800 Ellis Avenue, which was above the family's hair salon business, will provide some answers. He recounts some civic events which have affected him and the life of Winnipegers: the 1919 general strike, the destruction of the Wolseley Elm in 1957, and the replacement of the iconic Eaton's building for the new hockey arena in favor of the old Winnipeg Arena. The latter has an especially close connection to him because of a family tie and the rich history of hockey in the city (discounting what he ... Written by Huggo
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Wittgenstein once observed, "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must
be silent". It should follow on from this wearied maxim that all true
art is destined to be personal. Such a truth is evident when watching
Guy Maddin's "My Winnipeg". Apparently inspired by the film he shot of
Isabella Rossellini remembering her father, "My Dad Is 100 Years Old"
(2005) (a documentary of memories - a hyper-documentary? - rather than
realities), with "My Winnipeg" Maddin cine-alchemically recreates the
patchwork quilt of his life and history of his city, indelibly stained
with Winnipegian fluids and woven with Manitoban heart-fibres.
Influences become clear as never before, Maddin's ambisexuality is on
display (1995s Sissy Slap Boy Party now makes sense), "La Roue"
(1923/Abel Gance) is revealed as his cinematic touchstone (following on
from the quotation in "Odilon Redon - or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon
Mounts Toward Infinity", also 1995). The movie is almost like a coming
out, a cry of freedom, a love letter to all he holds dear, ice hockey,
Winnipeg, silent cinema, sexuality, proletarian utopias, family
memories. It reminded me of the words of a Portugese man on TV when
describing the Carnation Revolution of 1974, where armed forces were
conquered by ordinary people wielding carnations, he called it a "giant
national orgasm". "My Winnipeg" is Guy Maddin's heart nailed to the
screen, as fiercely courageous a movie as you will ever see.
There are blue truths in the film, we're not spared his mother's
genitalia or fever dreams of childhood sexuality. Here are some
quotations from interviews Maddin gave for this film just so you know
what you will be seeing:
"Children are sexual beings, just think of your own childhood. In my
case, I was far more sexual as a child than I am now"
"Nothing bothers me more than a movie about the innocence of children!
What are they innocent of? They might be innocent of murder, but that's
about it! Children haven't learned to repress yet or anything like
that. They're just teeming with wonderful luridity, from very early
There is something universal about the film, Maddin incants a litany of
opprobrium and indignity that the city of Winnipeg has suffered, from
the demolition of an iconic department store, to the closure of two
underground swimming pools and the hockey stadia. Modern history is
written in the rictus of the agonised city exposed to modernity. Many
cities have undergone such outrages, my own city lost it's old centre
to Nazi bombing, a fragile heart torn out.
The swimming pools of Maddin's memories are lustful pits, at street
level families swim, down one tier the girl's practice mouth to mouth
resuscitation on one another, and on the bottom level the boys cavort
naked in the changing rooms.
The film transcends documentary, even fantastical documentary into
mysticism. Maddin uses the imagery of horses, as have many great
artists from Raphael, to Gericault, to Marc, to Parajanov. We see
Golden Boy parades, a Masonic town hall, and the two forks under the
forks, the mysterious underground rivers that feed the mons veneris on
which Winnipeg nestles.
My personal favourite scene was Lorette Avenue where we are show a
"hermaphrodite" street where on one side the street has houses facing
front, and on the other side the backs of houses. No-one talks about
(Previously Maddin had made distinctions between alleys
where the backs of houses only can be scene, and streets where we only
see the fronts of houses).
I won't spoil the ending for you, you have yet to see the wonder of
Citizen Girl! Do not waver or hesitate, make ye to the cinema! Maddin
has now taken the step from being a beloved cult director, to being a
great auteur. Vive le Cinema! Vive la Résistance Culturelle!
Tags for My Winnipeg Full Movie
, Ann Savage
, Brendan Cade
, Darcy Fehr
, Deborah Carlson
, Eric Nipp
, Fred Dunsmore
, Jacelyn Lobay
, Jennifer Palichuk
, Kate Yacula
, Kevin Harris
, Lou Profeta
, Louis Negin
, Scott Hamel
, Wesley Cade
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