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The Song of Names (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Mystery | 25 December 2019 (USA)
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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 ... 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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From the Director of The Red Violin and the Academy Award Winning Composer of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy 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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Partita for Violin No. 2, Chaconne (Clarinet Arrangement)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Eszter Lugosi
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User Reviews

Good to hear classical music in a film for a change
7 January 2020 | by drf9920See all my reviews

Yes, this is a wonderful and memorable film. The director, Francois Girard, and, I suspect, the same Canadian production company were involved in the 1998 RED VIOLIN. Like that film it takes place over multiple time periods, in this film clearly stated to be 1951, 1986, and the earliest, unidentified time which can be inferred to be sometime between March and September 1939. The scene shifts back and forth a good deal and some critics found this confusing and destructive of continuity but I found no difficulty in following the story line. Memory is not linear and orderly but rather fragmented and out of sequence, particularly when dealing with highly charged emotionally traumatic experiences. This is an exceptionally intelligent screenplay where not everything has to be spelled out. It's true that a key plot point mystery is fairly predictable. Yet the story builds to a wrenching climax in a way you don't see every day in the movies. Tim Roth plays well against type as a quiet, introspective Brit. The score composer, Howard Shore, was involved in composing the impressive music in the Lord of the Rings and does an award-deserving job here. I rate the film at 3.5/4 stars. Strongly recommended for everybody, especially any serious music student as well as anyone of Jewish background, particularly of GenX through to Millennials.

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25 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »


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$39,452, 29 December 2019

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