Several years after his childhood friend, a violin prodigy, disappears on the eve of his first solo concert, an Englishman travels throughout Europe to find him.


François Girard


Jeffrey Caine (screenplay by), Norman Lebrecht (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Izzard ... BBC Radio Announcer (voice)
Gerran Howell ... Martin (17-23)
Stanley Townsend ... Gilbert Simmonds
Amy Sloan ... Enid Simmonds
Marina Hambro ... Young Helen
István Fazekas István Fazekas ... 1951 Conductor
Tim Roth ... Martin Simmonds
Catherine McCormack ... Helen Simmonds
Steven Hillman ... Mayor Froggatt
Sharon Percy ... Jenny Burrows
Eszter Lugosi Eszter Lugosi ... Clarinet Girl
Áron Rátkay Áron Rátkay ... Cello Boy (as Rátkay Áron)
Eszter Túrós Eszter Túrós ... Piano Accompanist
Annamária Makai Annamária Makai ... Piano Girl (as Makai Annamária)
Viktoria Kay ... Ellen Stemp


Several years after his childhood friend, a violin prodigy, disappears on the eve of his first solo concert, an Englishman travels throughout Europe to find him.

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One Man's Search for His Childhood Friend - A Violin Prodigy Orphaned in the Holocaust - Who Has Vanished. See more »


Drama | Music | Mystery | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, brief sexual material, thematic elements, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Saul Rubinek, who played Mr Feinman, is the son of Holocaust survivors and was born in a Refugee camp in Germany See more »


The sidewalks in London have tactile tiles for the blind pedestrians. They weren't mandated or installed until after the passage of Disability Discrimination Act 1995. This sequence of film took place in the first half of 1980s. See more »


Martin: It's NOT a competition.
Helen: Everything's a competition, read your Darwin.
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Featured in 2020 Canadian Screen Awards for Cinematic Arts (2020) See more »


Sonata No. 13, Andante (Violin Solo)
Written by Giuseppe Tartini
Performed by Max Macmillan
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Tears streamed down my cheeks
6 December 2019 | by Drabble500See all my reviews

This is a wonderful and haunting film. It tells the story of two boys who grow up together. They are brothers through circumstances: the violinist child prodigy from the Warsaw Jewish community and the London lad who eventually befriends him when they are brought together. The story revolves around the sudden disappearance, on the day of his virtuoso concert, of the prodigy. Only near the end of the film do we discover why.

The film brilliantly deals with multiple layers and flashbacks, with perfect pacing and quite outstanding acting. The musical score is phenomenal.

This is a film about tragedy and loss, about how trauma lives on. It perfectly weaves the themes of ethnicity and religion.

It's a superb, haunting, film which I have not done justice here. In part that's because I don't want to do a review with spoilers. You have to go and see this film and allow your soul to be transported by the wonderful cinematography, script and musical score.

They don't make films as beautiful and brilliant as this very often. Go see it.

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Release Date:

25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Song of Names See more »

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London, England, UK See more »


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$39,452, 29 December 2019

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