4.1 stars. Giddy giddy giddy! A pearl of a film! At heart it's a pretty daft (and occasionally mean-spirited) autobiographical reckoning, but I'm totally willing to indulge Maddin here! Never has being a girl boy detective seemed so appealing. It's hard to believe Maddin's not queer. The only film that has ever prompted me to write a song about in tribute: https://goutpony.bandcamp.com/track/painting-the-lighthouse
Wow! This silent/art movie is rich of fantasy, adventure, childhood memories and repressed sexuality. Filmed with some extreme close-ups and refreshing unique scenes and edited in a modern way this is a film that I easily cherished and I could not keep my eyes off it. I like when film directors dare to be different and have a unique vision with something to tell.
Amongst the best of Maddin's work ranking alongside 'Careful', 'Archangel' and 'My Winnipeg' for his most inspired. The usual tricks and themes; the silent film conventions, the macabre memories, the black as night humour, the strange sexual situations and breaking of social norms: in other words business as usual in the work of Guy Maddin. Designed as a live theatre event the recorded version works just fine.
An absolute masterpiece. Easily my favorite Maddin film that I've seen so far (excited to see more!), easily one of the greatest movies ever made and easily one of my new favorite films of all time! Everything about it was perfection. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it was breathtaking beautiful and stylistically shocking, abrasive and inventive. Words cannot express my feelings at the end of the film. Just perfect
If My Winnipeg is Maddin’s The Tree of Life (a slightly amplified look into his earlier years and an instance of using cinema as a means of recreating the past), then let this be his The Mirror, in that they’re both surrealistic and more inconspicuous examinations of how their childhoods may have left an impact on their later lives.
i didn't hate it, but wasn't particularly impressed by it. I' pleased that someone out there is dedicated to film, but, I felt like his narration choice was really, really bad. I also didn't think the editing was as crafty as criterion writers tried to make it seem in their review of this film. I think it definitely could have been better for something trying so hard to be authentic. I enjoyed the gay moments, though
Thank God for Guy Maddin and his amazing imagination. There is not another movie out there you can compare this to other than Maddin's other films, and this one still stands alone. I thought that his narration was the best, and I liked Crispin Glover as well, but I always switch back to Maddin. The film is so strange and fascinating, it is great that some filmmakers are still creative and don't play it safe.