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With his latest work, MY WINNIPEG, iconoclastic filmmaker Guy Maddin continues in the freewheeling, genre-bending tradition that has made him one of Canada's most consistently intriguing and internationally respected artists. MY WINNIPEG is a documentary (or docu-fantasia, as he describes it) about his hometown. Equal parts mystical rumination and personal history, city chronicle and deranged post-Freudian proletarian fantasy, MY WINNIPEG - which is framed as a goodbye letter - blends local myth with childhood trauma. A deliriously layered provocation, MY WINNIPEG is outrageous, informative and wildly entertaining.
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It reminded me of my dad's stories of his own flight from the dying GM factory town of Pontiac, MI.
Enthralling, too, was the narrative of the manipulating, all-seeing, awesome-guilt-inspiring matriarch. It started me to thinking long and hard about family dynamics and parents' duties.
This movie pushes back the horizon, and you can't ask a movie to do more than that. Maybe it deserves five stars. I held back the final star just because there is nothing else to compare it to. It could be the first in a new genre of docu-fantasies - but probably only after it is rediscovered in twenty years, forty years, whatever. It isn't just ahead of the curve; it's off the graph paper altogether.
See it. Enjoy it. Or bitch about it afterwards. But don't pass it up.
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a four star ratting.