The Saddest Music in the World

Release Date: April 30, 2004
Limited release

Don't cry for me, Argentina.

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23/55 Reagen Sulewski Guy Maddin makes David Lynch look like Robert Zemeckis.
31/133 Dan Krovich Inventive, original, and funny

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Something of a legend in the underground filmmaking world (he's the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Telluride Film Festival), Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin looks to make the leap into the "mainstream arthouse" with his latest film. His earlier films, like Tales from the Gimli Hospital and Careful are considered classics in some circles, but Maddin is still unknown to most moviegoers.

Isabella Rossellini plays a legless beer baroness in Depression era Winnipeg. To boost beer sales she puts on a global contest to determine what is the saddest music in the world, and musicians from every corner of the globe flock to Winnipeg to win the big cash prize. Among the competitors is a pair of estranged brothers - one a depressed cellist still mourning the disappearance of his wife, the other a down on his luck Broadway producer who has his amnesiac, nymphomaniac, sleepwalking girlfriend in tow.

With a plot like that, one thing's for sure. Even if Maddin does find some success at the box office, he definitely can't be accused of selling out to do so. (Dan Krovich/BOP)




Vital statistics for The Saddest Music in the World
Main Cast Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros
Supporting Cast David Fox, Ross McMillan
Director Guy Maddin
Screenwriter Guy Maddin, George Toles, Kazuo Ishiguro
Distributor Independent Film Channel
Running Time 99 minutes
Screen Count 1
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