In Depression-era Winnipeg, a legless beer baroness hosts a contest for the saddest music in the world, offering a grand prize of $25,000. Contestants flock in from around the globe. Representing America is Chester Kent, a theatre producer who thinks he's an American despite being Canadian; representing Serbia is his brother, Gavrilo the Great, who is succumbing to madness over the death of his son; and representing Canada is their father, a pathetic drunkard. As the competition builds toward its climax, these estranged characters are brought together to express their deep feelings of pain and ultimately give in to treachery.
Writer:Kazuo Ishiguro (original screenplay), George Toles, Guy Maddin
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. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Aubrey T (au) wrote: WATCH IT! WATCH IT! WATCH IT! It doesn't matter what religion you follow or if you are like us and do not follow a religion; it is the MESSAGE that matters! The message is to STOP shopping! Stop buying products made in foreign counties, paying 13 cents an hour (if they're lucky), suffering from anxiety, lack of sleep, overwork, multiple injuries, even being beat while working, and death. Ignorance is not bliss. It makes us no better to ignore those that are suffering to "better" ourselves. When truthfully we are not bettering ourselves but doing the opposite. Just stop buying things, things we don't need. Read the labels to see where it's from and check the tags to see what is in it and how it was tested before buying it. Then when you find it is made locally and is virtually "cruelty free" then decide....Do I need it or do I want it? Why do I want it? Where will I put it? How will I pay for it?Stop supporting companies like Wal-mart, Target, Disney, Sam's Club...etc that are supporting the suffering of others, low wages for their own employees, no benefits for their employees, and largely putting local mom & pop stores that are making their products here and benefiting their communities, and putting them out of business. Stop this buying of "name brand" products. What makes them "name brand" anyway? Is it because they are better quality? How are they better quality? Are they better quality because "everyone else" feels the "need" to buy it? Does that mean you should buy it because "everyone" else is? Are they better quality because they are made in sweatshops? Are they better quality because they are made out of leather or other animals? They are no better, they are worsening more things than one. Look at our children and how consumed they are by products. Do it for our children? Let us teach our generation how to be better!After watching this video I vow to never buy a single product made outside the U.S. I will keep that promise! I have yet to step foot in a Wal-Mart or Sams for almost a year now and will never step foot in them again. Now for the next step. We have a Target located right around the corner. We just cross the street and we are there. I vow to no longer step foot in that Target or any Target again. I will only support companies that sell products that are local. I'm not saying it's easy to stop shopping at certain places or stop certain habits. I'm saying it's necessary if we want to improve our society, move away from consumerism, and stop letting these corporations control our lives!What will you do?
Charles G (kr) wrote: A nice movie to watch if you can let your feelings of disbelief be put aside for a while. Actually, I kept thinking Penelope Cruz was in the role that Sofia Milos had.
Kevin M W (gb) wrote: Boo! In space. No, wait, it's all in yer mind. Oy. Disappointing.
Nicola T (fr) wrote: So horribly awesome, this film is so bad it can actually be amusing at times. Charles Bromson is always a scene to behold.
Tatsuhito K (fr) wrote: If we are talking about my favorite Cronenberg film, I would choose "A History of Violence" or "The Fly" over "Eastern Promises". I find those two emotionally engaging and infinitely rewatchable. However, if we are talking about the best Cronenberg film, I would gladly say it is "Eastern Promises". It's complex, intelligent, and a very compelling film about identity. This is Mortensen's best performance to date and Cronenberg's most complex film. I loved it.
alba g (ca) wrote: very real, first time I see Kristen Bell without any make up