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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 »

Director:

Guy Maddin

Writer:

Guy Maddin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle McCulloch Kyle McCulloch ... Einar the Lonely / Minstrel
Michael Gottli Michael Gottli ... Gunnar
Angela Heck Angela Heck ... Snjófridur
Margaret Anne MacLeod Margaret Anne MacLeod ... Amma
Heather Neale Heather Neale ... Granddaughter
David Neale David Neale ... Grandson
Don Hewak Don Hewak ... John Ramsay
Ron Eyolfson Ron Eyolfson ... Pastor Osbaldison / Patient (as Ronald Eyolfson)
Chris Johnson Chris Johnson ... Lord Dufferin
Donna Szöke Donna Szöke ... Fish Princess
Tiffany Taylor Tiffany Taylor ... Gunnar's Strolling Companion / Gimli Maiden
Linda Schinkel Linda Schinkel ... Dying Mother
Jeff Solylo Jeff Solylo ... Angry Husband
Randy Kray Randy Kray ... Angel
George Toles George Toles ... Angel With Mustache
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Storyline

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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Country:

Canada

Language:

Icelandic | English

Release Date:

15 April 1988 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Gimli Saga See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Amma: It all happened in a Gimli we no longer know.
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References The Vikings (1958) See more »

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a "6," just for the images
22 December 2005 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

Guy Maddin's "Tales from Gimli Hospital" is a surreal locomotive of a film that never for a second pretends to make a lick of sense. Characters and events lack logic and motivation, leaving the proceedings within an oddball world of duck feathers, Indian burials, and mute men (some in blackface). The result is intriguing yet pretentious and too deliberately ambiguous (while "Eraserhead" made less narrative sense, its 'clues' were more meticulously assembled), but shows promise from writer-director Guy Maddin, who successfully invokes the classic styles of German Expressionism and even "Hour of the Wolf"-era Ingmar Bergman.


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