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My Winnipeg (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Drama | 4 July 2008 (UK)
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Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Director:

Guy Maddin

Writers:

Guy Maddin, George Toles (dialogue writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Savage ... Mother
Louis Negin ... Mayor Cornish
Amy Stewart ... Janet Maddin
Darcy Fehr ... Guy Maddin
Brendan Cade Brendan Cade ... Cameron Maddin
Wesley Cade Wesley Cade ... Ross Maddin
Lou Profeta Lou Profeta ... Himself
Fred Dunsmore Fred Dunsmore ... Himself
Kate Yacula ... Citizen Girl
Jacelyn Lobay Jacelyn Lobay ... Gwenyth Lloyd
Eric Nipp Eric Nipp ... Viscount Gort
Jennifer Palichuk Jennifer Palichuk ... Althea Cornish
Deborah Carlson Deborah Carlson
Kevin Harris Kevin Harris
Scott Hamel Scott Hamel
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Storyline

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Minha Winnipeg See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,309, 15 June 2008

Gross USA:

$159,363

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$316,743
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director Guy Maddin provided live narration at many film festival screenings. See more »

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Moody Manitoba Morning
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Not witty, just whimsical...
9 December 2010 | by burntouthackSee all my reviews

Meh. Whimsical/bitter reminiscing with lots of made up facts and anecdotes which you can imagine some audiences rocking with mirth to but which aren't all that clever or witty - they're just very whimsical.

eg (my spoof)

Grainy b/w shots of someone in a living room being offered a cup of tea and drinking it with a smile

Narrator: A cup of tea. A cup of tea. My mother would always offer visitors a cup of tea. What is this drink? This tea, cupped in porcelain, porcelain as white as the snow which falls outside onto our Winnipeg sidewalks? My mother served tea in a cup from a set her grandmother gave her, a cup which had come from the mayor's wife, who murdered her own sister, drowning her in a bath of Earl Grey. A drink of death. The cup of life. A cup of tea.

It's sort of like that, with a quick shot thrown in of the sister drowned in the bath of tea. 80 mins of that. Doesn't really have anything to say.


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