My Winnipeg


My Winnipeg

Critics Consensus

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



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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 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


Darcy Fehr
as Guy Maddin
Amy Stewart
as Janet Maddin
Ann Savage
as Mother
Louis Negin
as Mayor Cornish
Brendan Cade
as Cameron Maddin
Wesley Cade
as Ross Maddin
Kate Yacula
as Citizen Girl
Jacelyn Lobay
as Gwenyth Lloyd
Eric Nipp
as Viscount Gort
Jennifer Palichuk
as Althea Cornish
Guy Maddin
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for My Winnipeg

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Audience Reviews for My Winnipeg

  • Aug 21, 2011
    One of the most inventive, unique, surreal, contemplative movies I have ever seen.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2010
    Easily my favourite Guy Maddin film that I've seen thus far. I guess I'd classify this as a documentary, albeit one like you've never seen before. The narration is great. There's some animated segments as well. Some very funny dark humour humour throughout (I havent laughed so hard at movie in a really long time) That vintage old tyme, surrealist look. I suspect some inspiration from 50's/60's Cold War Era propaganda films. Really can't think of anything negative to say about this one. Probably one of the best films to come out in the past 10 years or so.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2010
    What might amount to Guy Maddin's own 8 1/2 is a ''docu-fantasia'' alright : passionate and playful, it is brimming with marvelous cinematic flashes and it carries quite an emotional resonance; a very surprising feat since it is an unabashedly subjective work of art. This is, like most of the director's work, a love-it-or-hate-it affair-- so I'm not going to hide the fact that am completely head over heels about this affectionate and delirious dream diary. One to add to your shortlist for sure.
    Laurence C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2009
    The director's concept brings us into a world of fantasies, with surreal pictures in black and white. Bunuel, Lynch, Hitchcock, Bergman... I don't know actually where did he get his inspiration from, but this film is a blast of expose.
    quentin t Super Reviewer

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