Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
France, 1991. Film Par Film, DD Productions, Divali Films, Societé d’Exploitation et de Distribution de Films, FR3 Films Production, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Canal+, Paravision International S.A.. Screenplay by Alain Corneau, Pascal Quignard, dialogue by Pascal Quignard, based on the novel by Pascal Quignard. Cinematography by Yves Angelo. Produced by Jean-Louis Livi. Music by Jordi Savall. Production Design by Bernard Vezat. Costume Design by Corinne Jorry. Film Editing by Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte. Golden Globe Awards 1991. National Board of Review Awards 1992.
The life of an 18th-century viol player (Gerard Depardieu) and his many romances. The film is beautifully costumed and incredibly respectable, but also too somber for its own good and at times a bit of a bore. Depardieu is excellent, as is his son Guillaume as his younger counterpart, and classical music lovers will go wild for the soundtrack.