Set during a smallpox epidemic in the village of Gimli, Manitoba near the turn of the century, two men, Einar and Gunnar are friends at first, until they reveal their darkest secrets to each other. Does a better world await these two lost souls on Earth…or in Heaven?
Shot on 16mm, this impulsive experiment from Canada’s Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg) is a true cult hit from the 1980s—one that echoes David Lynch’s Eraserhead in both form and scope. There has rarely been a movie as unbound by rules yet richly, rewardingly textured as this slow-burning gem.
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