MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,135 this week

The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 4,565 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 93 user | 104 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), , 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 24 Apr 2012
 
Rud
a list of 22 titles
created 09 Sep 2012
 
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 17 Oct 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 17 Jan 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 17 Feb 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

The Saddest Music in the World (2003) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Saddest Music in the World.
7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Archangel (1990)
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An amnesiac soldier, seeking his lost love, arrives in Archangel in northern Russia to help the townsfolk in their fight against the Bolsheviks, all quite unaware that the Great War ended three months ago.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Michael Gottli, David Falkenburg, Michael O'Sullivan
Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Peter Glahn is released after years of incarceration as a political prisoner and is now returning to his homeland, the mythical Mandragora where the sun never sets. On board the ship home, ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Pascale Bussières, Shelley Duvall, Frank Gorshin
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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
Stars: Kyle McCulloch, Michael Gottli, Angela Heck
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Directors: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
Stars: Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin
Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A short film in which Isabella Rossellini discusses the life and work of his father: Roberto Rossellini.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Isaac Paz Sr., Anna Magnani
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A father and son ride the rails in their powerful locomotive. Witnessing a crash between two other engines, they rescue the lone survivor, Berenice, and make her a part of their family. All... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Jim Keller, Brandy Bayes, Caelum Vatnsdal
Careful (1992)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Alpine village of Tolzbad in the 1800s, the townsfolk talk quietly and restrain their movements lest they incur avalanches. This atmosphere lends itself to repressed emotions - shown... See full summary »

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Kyle McCulloch, Gosia Dobrowolska, Sarah Neville
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Musical mantra derived from machine-gun micro-montage.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Noam Gonick, Caelum Vatnsdal, Simon Hughes
Seances (2015)
Mystery
Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier
97 Percent True (Video 2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: John Gurdebeke, Jaime Hook, Benjamin Kasulke
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An impressionistic biopic on the castrato known as the Manitoba Meadowlark, Dov Houle.

Director: Guy Maddin
Stars: Dov Houle
The Gourmet (TV Movie 1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A rich old gourmet that has decided to taste all there is of exotic meals has already tried the most, even human flesh, when he gets a tip from a rich midget. The midget had tasted ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Whyte
Stars: Charles Gray, Mick Ford, Steven Bronowski
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
David Fox ...
Fyodor Kent
Ross McMillan ...
Roderick Kent / Gravillo the Great
Louis Negin ...
Blind Seer
...
Teddy
...
Duncan Elksworth
Talia Pura ...
Mary
Jeff Sutton ...
Graeme Valentin ...
Young Roderick
Maggie Nagle ...
Chester's Mother
Victor Cowie ...
Man in Bar
Jessica Burleson ...
Lady's Secretary
...
Boardmember
Edit

Storyline

It's the winter of 1933 in Winnipeg. In honor of Winnipeg being named the sorrow capital of the world for the Depression era for the fourth year running by the London Times, Lady Helen Port-Huntley, the legless owner of Winnipeg's Port-Huntley Beer, is hosting and judging a contest to see which nation has the saddest music in the world, the winner to take home a $25,000 prize. Seeing as to the current Prohibition in the United States, Lady Port-Huntley has ulterior motives for the contest. Father and son, streetcar conductor Fyodor Kent and New York based musical producer Chester Kent, who both have a past connection to Lady Port-Huntley (Fyodor, a WWI veteran and former doctor, has fashioned for her an unusual pair of artificial legs apropos to her business), want to represent Canada and the United States respectively in the contest. Despite Lady Port-Huntley's hatred for the Kent's, she does allow them to do so if only to advance her own priorities. As the contest takes place, the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"If you're sad, and like beer, I'm your lady."

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and violent images | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

12 May 2005 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção Mais Triste do Mundo  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,743 (USA) (30 April 2004)

Gross:

$669,128 (USA) (23 July 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Guy Maddin:  the hand amputating Lady Port-Huntley's legs. See more »

Quotes

Chester Kent: Sadness is just happiness turned on its ass.
See more »

Connections

References Hangover Square (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Serbian Folk Melody
Arranged by Christopher Dedrick
Cello: Roman Borys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Beyond the Pale
15 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are times when I haven't got anything witty to say about a film. I leave this one with the result of having seen something totally unique. I mean, put this one in a genre. Since I didn't really care if they ever found out what the saddest music in the world was (no matter what; it would be a disappointment), I found myself seeing a grouping of bizarre characters and enjoying them as if it were a kind of freak show. I don't even mean that in a judgmental sense. It had that David Lynch nightmare quality. Whatever transpired transpired. If one is looking for closure, I guess there is a kind of disastrous entropy here. Suffice it to say, when one has so much sadness, the movie becomes the saddest music in the world; life becomes the saddest music in the world. This is certainly worth a look. The cinematography is amazing and that's probably enough.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I really disliked this flim efrem-4
Shocked that this film hasn't picked up cult status on dvd. hiiamreallybored
A Gorgeous Film explicit28
dvd transfer tv_eye
soundtrack... fagtastic1980
Question (What did I just see?) pinoy43
Discuss The Saddest Music in the World (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?