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THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD (15)

Dir: Guy Maddin
Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria De Madeiros
Out: May 7th 2004

Winnipeg, 1933. The Great Depression reigns, so where better to host an international competition for the most misery inducing tune possible? Shot like a silent movie-era melodrama in a snow globe, Canadian showman Guy Maddin’s deliberately amateurish dramatics are a giddy mixture of David Lynch and Ed Wood, delighting in oddities such as Pulp Fiction’s Maria de Madeiros’ nymphomanic amnesiac and Isabella Rossellini as a double amputee with beer-filled glass legs. Hugely stylised, far too obscure and arch for many tastes, it’s still Maddin’s most accessible film to date and, if you’re on his wavelength, will leave you deliriously happy.

* * * * (four stars)

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