I absolutely loved My Winnipeg. It is a film that moved and stirred things deep inside of me. This one, however, not so much. There are some moments of brilliance here, but it falls prey to stylistic overkill. The entire thing plays out like a fog, it's layered in so much grain and crackle that it goes beyond that of homage and into something more muddled. I really want to see more Maddin, but this one has left me wary of him.
Very bold, very creative, even some moments of great beauty and truth. But not much to really move the depths of my soul.
What an incredible work of art. The more I see from Maddin the I become impressed and enthralled with his artistic vision. The set design, the acting, the story, the cinematography, the editing were all wonderful and played off each other beautifully. Loved every waking moment of it, never a dull scene.
More like The Most Boring Music in the World. Hyuck hyuck. But seriously, this did not enthrall me the way My Winnipeg did. There were some moments, but Guy Maddin's artistic sensibilities really don't adapt themselves well to a traditional narrative. By the end all hell breaks loose and I'm not exactly sure which hell. I really wanted to like this one. Brand Upon the Brain and Archangels seem like more my cup a tea.
All this hype for that gimmicky one-note cliched piece of fluff The Artist, and I just saw this film: it far more encapsulates the best of silent cinema, even with dialogue. Stunning editing and cinematography, twisty plot, excellent performances. An unheralded modern classic.
The Mexican mama is being very firm with her dead infant. "Now, go away," she wails. You are dead. Don't sneak in at night to nurse from MY breast. That milk is only for the living. Well, I guess dead children, like any other kind, have got to learn.
Genius. Pure genius. There's simply nothing else I can say. I just watched it a second time and once again I was blown away by the sheer originality of this film. Directors like Guy Maddin give me hope for the future of cinema when everyone is just trying to create another franchise.