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My Winnipeg

by DeAnn Welker June 9, 2008 2:39 pm
Hand-held black and white camera work and a voice-over narrator talking about Winnipeg opens this trailer. Specifically, the narrator discusses getting out of Winnipeg. Director Guy Maddin has lived in the mid-Canadian town his entire life and is attempting to film his way out. He sublets the house he grew up in and re-creates his childhood years, hiring actors to play his family. He even brings his girlfriend's pug on to play his childhood chihuahua. The reenactment is supposed to free Maddin from Winnipeg in some way. I'm not sure how, but making a shaky Ozzie and Harriet-looking film isn't the worst thing people have done to cope with their bad growing-up experiences. One of the critics quoted in the trailer compares the movie to Borat, which might be the last thing I would have expected, but that makes it even more intriguing. There is snow, some boxing, sledding, ice skating, a man standing on the ledge of a building, séances, and more. Then Maddin says that he's finally leaving for good. Again. Why am I not buying it?

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