Friday, September 07, 2007

My Winnipeg

A quick one, while I'm awake...

My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin)

Maddin's latest is a pure joy, whether or not you're familiar with Winnipeg or Canadian history. Presented as a "docu-fantasia," Maddin takes the documentary form and makes it thoroughly his own--anyone who's seen one of his films will feel right at home here. He also manages to add a few new tricks to his usual form, particularly in a handful of scenes shot in the style of an overheated Sirkian melodrama (it will be surprising to none of his fans that he has a clear knack for it). It's also perhaps his most purely funny film. He's always had a sly, offhand wit, but never to this degree of directness. Great, original fun.

8/10 (though probably higher)

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