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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle McCulloch ...
Einar the Lonely / Minstrel
Michael Gottli ...
Gunnar
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Snjófridur
Margaret Anne MacLeod ...
Amma
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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Gimli Saga  »

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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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Followed by Hospital Fragment (2000) See more »

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Truly surreal and grotesque film.
2 November 2005 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Guy Maddin is a truly unusual filmmaker.His movies are black comedic and supremely bizarre excursions into silent black-and-white cinema."Tales from the Gimli Hospital" is possibly his most famous and creepiest work to date.This is a wonderfully strange and puzzling movie filled with haunting and disturbing imagery.The action takes place in the small fishing town of Gimli,Manitoba, in some indeterminate time in the early part of the 20th Century.Einar and Gunnar,two men afflicted with the deadly smallpox virus,are housed in the small Gimli Hospital,their bodies covered with the scars of disease,their minds slowly slipping into paranoia and fear.Much of the film is silent,only archaic soundtrack is used regularly.The film is shot in equisite black-and-white and looks terrific.Give it a look,if you enjoy watching surrealist cinema.8 out of 10.


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