Bel Canto

100 mins
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Oscar winner Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe (Inception) lead this hostage thriller about an opera singer and a wealthy businessman... More

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Bel Canto is available to stream in New Zealand now... More on YouTube and Google TV and Apple TV Store and Academy On Demand and AroVision.

Bel Canto | Ratings & Reviews

"Bel Canto’s bland theatrics and irritatingly operatic denouement (that wouldn’t look out of place in a telenovela) are a tragic waste of an impressive international cast that also includes Sebastian Koch, Ryo Kase and Christopher Lambert."


"The film benefits from the fine cast and from many sharp and poignant moments. It's an impressive achievement technically as well."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Moore, like an upmarket version of Lina Lamont, in "Singin' in the Rain," lip-synchs convincingly to the sound of Renée Fleming. But not quite convincingly enough."

The New YorkerThe New Yorker

"Though Moore and Watanabe are the main focus, Bel Canto delivers the emotional payoff of a well-developed ensemble film."


"The film empathetically shows its characters' humanity and the unlikely relationships that develop between captor and captive, as political, linguistic and socioeconomic barriers break down amid their close quarters and shared awe for the music."

The Washington PostThe Washington Post

"No one loves or dies without purpose in this searing and artful film."

Village VoiceVillage Voice

"It's overripe and improbable, but you'd need a flinty heart to resist the message of solidarity, that if you spend time with someone, anyone, you'll find common ground."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"In Bel Canto, the tension is barely there to start with."


"Bel Canto pushes a hard message about cultural misconceptions and boasts a promising and diverse cast, but only really makes an impact in the first and final minutes."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

Bel Canto | Details

M, Violence & offensive language
Drama, Music, Romance, Thriller
Country of origin

Bel Canto | Trailers