Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Belgium/France/Italy/USA, 1994. Stéphan Films, MG, Italian International Film, K2 SA, Alinea Films, Union Generale Cinematographique, Canal+, France 2 Cinema, Studio Image, Mediaset, RTL-TVi, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Procirep, Presidenzia del Consiglio del Ministri-Dipartimento dello Spettacolo, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Eurimages Council of Europe, European Script Fund, Club Espace Cinema Philip Morris. Original scenario by Andree Corbiau, Gerard Corbiau, Adaptation by Marcel Beaulieu, Andree Corbiau, Gerard Corbiau, dialogue by Andree Corbiau. Cinematography by Walther van den Ende. Produced by Vera Belmont. Production Design by Gianni Quaranta. Costume Design by Olga Berluti, Anne de Laugardiere. Film Editing by Joelle Hache.
Boring, shallow recounting of the lives of Castrati singers in 18th-century Europe. Two brothers, one a Castrato (i.e. men whose genitals were tampered with at a young age to keep their voices beautifully high) and the other one not, travel the continent wooing crowned heads and easy women with their beautiful music. The singing of the one brother in question was created through the digital sound-mixing of two different men’s voices, but Stefano Dionisi‘s poor lipsynching fails to engage the viewer.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Award: Best Foreign Language Film