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The Song of Names (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 December 2019 (USA)
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Several years after his childhood friend, a violin prodigy, disappears on the eve of his first solo concert, an Englishman travels throughout Europe to find him.

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François Girard

Writers:

Norman Lebrecht (based on the novel by), Jeffrey Caine (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Clive Owen ... Dovidl
Tim Roth ... Martin
Jonah Hauer-King ... Dovidl 17-23
Catherine McCormack ... Helen
Eddie Izzard ... Radio Presenter
Gerran Howell ... Martin 17-21
Saul Rubinek ... Feinman
Richard Bremmer ... Billy
Amy Sloan ... Enid
Julian Wadham ... Arbuthnot Bailey
Max Macmillan ... Peter Stemp
Stanley Townsend ... Gilbert
Matt Devere ... Milkman
Magdalena Cielecka ... Anna
Luke Doyle ... Dovidl 9-13
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Several years after his childhood friend, a violin prodigy, disappears on the eve of his first solo concert, an Englishman travels throughout Europe to find him.

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From the Director of The Red Violin and the Academy Award Winning Composer of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, brief sexual material, thematic elements, and smoking | See all certifications »
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Canada | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Song of Names See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,452, 29 December 2019

Gross USA:

$552,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$579,053
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Good to hear classical music in a film for a change
7 January 2020 | by drf9920See all my reviews

Yes, this is a wonderful and memorable film. The director, Francois Girard, and, I suspect, the same Canadian production company were involved in the 1998 RED VIOLIN. Like that film it takes place over multiple time periods, in this film clearly stated to be 1951, 1986, and the earliest, unidentified time which can be inferred to be sometime between March and September 1939. The scene shifts back and forth a good deal and some critics found this confusing and destructive of continuity but I found no difficulty in following the story line. Memory is not linear and orderly but rather fragmented and out of sequence, particularly when dealing with highly charged emotionally traumatic experiences. This is an exceptionally intelligent screenplay where not everything has to be spelled out. It's true that a key plot point mystery is fairly predictable. Yet the story builds to a wrenching climax in a way you don't see every day in the movies. Tim Roth plays well against type as a quiet, introspective Brit. The score composer, Howard Shore, was involved in composing the impressive music in the Lord of the Rings and does an award-deserving job here. I rate the film at 3.5/4 stars. Strongly recommended for everybody, especially any serious music student as well as anyone of Jewish background, particularly of GenX through to Millennials.


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