The Song of Names

The Song of Names

The Song of Names

Tim Roth and Clive Owen star this historical drama about a man searching for his childhood friend - a Polish violin prodigy orphaned in the Holocaust.

"Constructed like a detective mystery on a grand scale, the film opens the night of the much-anticipated first public performance by Dovidl Rapoport, a Polish musical prodigy. When he doesn't show up, his best friend Martin is left to tell the packed theatre that the performance will not go on. Decades later, an adult Martin (Roth), serving as a judge in a musical competition, watches a young student prepare to play in Dovidl's unique style. This moment sends Martin, over the objections of his wife Helen, on a transcontinental search. As the mystery of the disappearance unravels, Martin finds himself consumed by memories of the deep bond between the two boys — and also uncovering elements of Dovidl's tormented life that Martin simply couldn't have fathomed at the time." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2019Rating: M113 minsCanada, Hungary
DramaHistorical
Director:
François Girard ('The Red Violin', 'Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould', 'Hochelaga, Land of Souls')
Writer:
Jeffrey Caine
Cast:
Tim RothClive OwenEddie IzzardSaul RubinekCatherine McCormackJonah Hauer-KingGerran HowellRichard Bremmer
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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Literate, sober, soulful.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie never quite justifies the contrivance of its puzzle-box construction. Parlaying this material into an arty whodunit cheapens the real history invoked.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

[The Song of Names] remains among the better serious, adult-oriented films of this holiday season.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It's lucky Shore's original compositions here and the cuts from the classical repertoire, some performed with impressive skill by child actor Luke Doyle himself, are strong enough to give heft to an otherwise earnest, credulity-straining melodrama.

Variety

Variety

press

A fatally old-fashioned and lugubrious historical drama, muting the emotional payoff it labors so hard to deliver.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Literate, sober, soulful.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie never quite justifies the contrivance of its puzzle-box construction. Parlaying this material into an arty whodunit cheapens the real history invoked.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

[The Song of Names] remains among the better serious, adult-oriented films of this holiday season.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It's lucky Shore's original compositions here and the cuts from the classical repertoire, some performed with impressive skill by child actor Luke Doyle himself, are strong enough to give heft to an otherwise earnest, credulity-straining melodrama.

Variety

Variety

press

A fatally old-fashioned and lugubrious historical drama, muting the emotional payoff it labors so hard to deliver.

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