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R| 1 hr. 39 min.

Plot Summary
In this experimental musical set in 1930s Winnipeg, Canada, amputee baroness Lady Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini) organizes a competition offering $25,000 to the person who can compose the saddest music in the world. Musicians -- including a depressed Broadway producer (Mark McKinney), his guilt-stricken father (David Fox) and a Serbian cellist (Ross McMillan) -- flock to Winnipeg with the hope that they will be the best at conveying tragedy and grief in their music.

Cast: Mark McKinney , Isabella Rossellini , Maria de Medeiros , David Fox , Ross McMillan , Brent Neale , Erik Berg , Darcy Fehr

Director: Guy Maddin

Genres: Musical, Comedy drama

Distributor: IFC Films

The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

Release Date: April 30th, 2004|1 hr. 39 min.

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  • 100
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    The concept is high, the humor lowbrow and the joy of experimentation evident in every frame of this wonderful picture. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's the stuff of soap opera, infused with a nonchalant, David Lynch-like surrealism and a nutball Canadian humor. Beer - because of the baroness, and because this is Canada - flows freely. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    If only there were a surefire way to describe Guy Maddin's films without scaring off viewers. The quirky Canadian is a genius who produces haunting, exquisitely droll movies that defy explanation. show more

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