|Isabella Rossellini||Lady Port-Huntley|
|Maria de Medeiros||Narcissa|
|Brent Neale||Polish Pianist|
In this experimental musical set in 1930s Winnipeg, Canada, amputee baroness Lady Port-Huntley organizes a competition offering $25,000 to the person who can compose the saddest music in the world. Musicians -- including a depressed Broadway producer, his guilt-stricken father and a Serbian cellist -- flock to Winnipeg with the hope that they will be the best at conveying tragedy and grief in their music.