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'My Winnipeg'

June 26, 2008|Kenneth Turan

Guy Maddin is an alternative cinema legend. His one-of-a-kind films, such as "The Saddest Music in the World" and "Brand Upon the Brain," are the products of an unmistakable sensibility. He calls "My Winnipeg" a "docu-fantasia" and there's no reason not to take him at his word. This haunting phantasmagoria of a film -- comic, surreal -- is not only something no one but the Canadian director could have made, it's also a film no one else would have even wanted to make. Maddin has made an evocative homage to his hometown. Part fantasy, part psychodrama, "My Winnipeg" is unusual in that it's often hard to tell which part is which, or to even care.

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