My Winnipeg


***** (Five stars)
Canadian oddball Guy Maddin’s 25th(!) film is part credulity-straining mockumentary (postfilm Googling indicates that Winnipeg’s hockey stadium was demolished in 2006, but Maddin was not born in the “wives’ quarters” during a game) and part delirious satire of nostalgia itself. Described as an attempt to film his way out of the frozen nowheresville where Maddin has spent all of his 50 years, My Winnipeg combines mostly invented town history with re-creations of the auteur’s childhood traumas—also fictional. This psychosexual B&W fantasia recalls Todd Haynes’s thrall to old melodramas, David Lynch’s fascination with the lurid beneath the bland and John Waters’s campy-but-sincere love for his own cruddy hometown, yet is far stranger and funnier than the work of those more famous comrades.—Virginia Vitzthum, freelance copy editor

[This is a TONY staff review, written for the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. It is not considered an official review and should not be read as such. Please think of it as a casual impression from a movie-loving friend.]


Release details

Rated: NR
Release date: Friday June 13 2008
Duration: 80 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Guy Maddin
Screenwriter: Guy Maddin, George Toles
Cast: Darcy Fehr
Ann Savage
Amy Stewart
Kate Yacula
Louis Negin
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