My Winnipeg (2007)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Guy Maddin, George Toles
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2015
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as Guy Maddin

as Janet Maddin

as Mother

as Mayor Cornish

as Cameron Maddin

as Ross Maddin

as Citizen Girl

as Gwenyth Lloyd

as Viscount Gort

as Althea Cornish

as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for My Winnipeg

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (32)

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

October 18, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A remembrance of things forgotten.

Full Review… | January 29, 2015
Movie Metropolis

Maddin mixes personal reminiscences with elaborate fantasies of Masonic rituals and collectivist brothels, to construct a vision of Winnipeg as a city of sleepwalkers.

Full Review… | January 26, 2015
The Dissolve

Presented with such dreamlike flourish and humor that watching the movie is extremely entertaining.

Full Review… | November 1, 2010
Window to the Movies

Audience Reviews for My Winnipeg


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

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

Super Reviewer


Fascinating poetic hymn to Maddin's home town which bombards you with captivating images as Maddin narrates. Mixes documentary footage with staged reenactments and surreal flights of fancy. A truly original visual and narrative style - Maddin deserves a wide audience.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

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