Guy Maddin’s odd, often funny and surreal mixture of documentary and dramatic recreation (though the documentary aspects feel fictional on some level as well) is the toung-in-cheek treatment of how he tries to get out of his home town in Manitoba, Canada (a land of “sleepwalkers”) and how he reminisces about the past which lead him to this tough decision. Amusing and bizarre work from the unique and talented creator of such films as BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!, THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, and DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY, the most original Canadian director working today.

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