A short documentary on hair styles that appeal specifically to women of middle age and the middle class. Elements of sociological inquiry merge with Maddin's customary decayed imagery (... See full summary »
The story of Roulette Ruby, a limping and terrified spinster who "works" the boats plying Lake Winnipeg, taking on any gambler, staking herself against the cold cash of her partner. She ... See full summary »
Margaret Anne MacLeod,
The scene is a small paper-producing factory presided over by the shiftless Ari and his long-suffering wife Taryn. Employees include Sybill and Windy, pale young women who toil endlessly at... See full summary »
Winnipeg, 1939: Bosnian immigrant Nihad Ademi conceives of a way to harness the power of the Aurora Borealis in order to broadcast imagery of his vast and beloved adopted land from coast to coast to coast.
A tale of lust and bestiality set in a zoo. Delmas, the zookeeper, is obsessively in love with a bizarre carrion-creature, while his daughter Dol makes increasingly desperate attempts to be... See full summary »
My experience was the opposite of the previous reviewer. I also saw Sissy Boy Slap Party as part of a festival of gay short films, and giggled and laughed through the whole thing at the giddy silliness of it. It was well received by the audience. You can't take it too seriously, obviously. But the combination of the music, the silent-film style, and the vision of a bunch of hunky guys naughtily having a slap party (nobody looks like they get hurt) when their mysterious overseer leaves them unsupervised with explicit "no slapping" instructions, is strangely irresistible. If you need something literal or "meaningful," this one's probably not for you. But if you're able to get into the spirit of something creative and goofy, this can be a great laugh tonic.
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