Cast and Crew: Isabella Rossellini (Narrator in DVD version)
What It’s About: Guy Maddin (Erik Steffen Maahs) rows to his childhood home-an island with an orphanage in a lighthouse. His parents ran the orphanage, and he led a privileged life wandering the island while the orphans alternated between cleaning for Mother and being locked in their rooms. Guy received a last request from his mother to repaint the lighthouse, and while doing so he recalls his life there-and how it ended…
Why Watch it Today?: Guy Maddin, Winnipeg’s own art filmmaker, turns 57 today. Maddin’s films are something you either love or scratch your head at; personally I love them. Read our complete review of Brand Upon the Brain here.
Other Choices: Looking for your first hit of Maddin? I recommend his most accessible film, The Saddest Music in the World. If you already know and like (or love) Maddin, you might try his earlier Careful, or his recent sort-of-documentary, My Winnipeg.