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
I like the other reviewers was conned into watching this movie because the review made it look so good. Don't be fooled! After 20 minutes I just couldn't take it anymore, and I NEVER turn movies off but the narrator's take on this documentary is sleep worthy. I wish I would have read the member reviews before seeing it.. I wouldn't have wasted my time.
Guy Maddin is one of the most unique filmmakers working today and this pseudo-documentary chronicling his hometown is not for everybody. In fact I'm not really sure how many people I know would have the patience for this, but I found it endlessly entertaining.
Shot mostly in black and white in the style of a silent film, it is overtly artsy, abstract, and is bound to send most viewers to push eject. I found it charming and darkly comic, with just enough complete absurdity to make it through its brief running time without blinking.
this movie sucks big time; whoever gave this movie four and a half stars must be deaf and blind. i was really looking forward to learning something about Winnipeg but all i learned was that guy maddin is disturbed and possibly arrested developmentally