Available on OCS, The Song of Names unites Tim Roth and Clive Owen in a musical drama telling a heartbreaking friendship story set against a backdrop of war.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
Through the atrocities of war, two boys from different worlds get lost and then reunite years later, their friendship still intact …
Brothers of heart and music
Based on the novel by Norman Lebrecht and directed by François Girard, The Song of Names is a story of lost friendship, fragile brotherhood and the search for truth against a backdrop of war and music. Taking place over several temporalities, this drama moves with its realistic and poignant story and the performance of its actors despite a few lengths and a classic production.
Tim Roth plays Martin Simmonds, a music critic and teacher in the 1990s in the UK. For years he has been looking for Dovidl “David” Rapoport (Clive Owen), a violin prodigy with whom he grew up and who passed away in 1951 before a major concert.
Polish Jew having lost his family during the Second World War, David had been taken in by Martin’s family and a strong friendship was born between the two children then young adults, always bathed by music, solidarity, sorrow, betrayal , war and religion, until their reunion years later.
The disappearance of David marked Martin forever and a new lead will push Martin to do everything possible to find this “brother” for whom he vowed a great admiration, between London, Warsaw and New York. The comings and goings between the different key decades for Martin and David are fluid and logical and carefully weave this fraternal friendship in the eyes of the public.
By retracing David’s Stations of the Cross through Martin’s research, The Song of Names, whose screenplay is by Jeffrey Caine, reaffirms the duty to remember the tragedy of the Shoah with the quest of a bruised man a phantom friendship , punctuated by the melancholy and tortured music of another man torn by the dread of war.