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Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988)

While their mother is dying in the modern Gimli, Manitoba hospital, two young children are told a tale by their Icelandic grandmother about Einar the Lonely, his friend Gunnar, and the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Kyle McCulloch ...
Einar the Lonely / Minstrel
Michael Gottli ...
Gunnar
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Snjófridur
Margaret Anne MacLeod ...
Heather Neale ...
Granddaughter
David Neale ...
Grandson
Don Hewak ...
John Ramsay
Ron Eyolfson ...
Pastor Osbaldison / Patient (as Ronald Eyolfson)
Chris Johnson ...
Lord Dufferin
Donna Szöke ...
Fish Princess
Tiffany Taylor ...
Gunnar's Strolling Companion / Gimli Maiden
Linda Schinkel ...
Dying Mother
Jeff Solylo ...
Angry Husband
Randy Kray ...
Angel
George Toles ...
Angel With Mustache
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While their mother is dying in the modern Gimli, Manitoba hospital, two young children are told a tale by their Icelandic grandmother about Einar the Lonely, his friend Gunnar, and the angelic Snjofridur in a Gimli of old. Written by Jennifer Harrison

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It all happened in a Gimli we no longer know.


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15 April 1988 (Canada)  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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In the scene where Gunnar meets Einar on the beach where Einar is chopping fish, the background music used is the theme from Richard Fleischer's The Vikings (1958). See more »

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Amma: It all happened in a Gimli we no longer know.
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Referenced in The Tragedie of Admiral Cigarette (2006) See more »

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Unexpected pleasure
18 April 2004 | by (Kansas City, Missouri, USA) – See all my reviews

The comments made above by "Spearin" express my own reaction to this film.

I rented it on DVD because it sounded intriguing, but fully expected to yank the disc before it fairly got underway. To my pleased surprise, I was caught up in the story and captivated by the photography from the first seconds, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience--so much so, in fact, that I immediately replayed the movie with the director's often droll narration superimposed.

Also on the DVD I rented was a short film by the same author, "The Dead Father," which is well worth watching. It, perhaps even more than "Tales from the Gimli Hospital," evokes early French surrealist film, but not in a slavish way.

Both films gave me food for thought--about film and about human relationships. I guess this "nourishment" aspect of film-viewing is my basic criterion for judgment. On that basis, I voted an "eight" for "Tales from the Gimli Hospital."

By the way, I was very interested to learn (from the director's commentary) some of the actual history of Gimli and its settlers. These were tough, courageous people.


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