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Bel Canto (15)
Cast. Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Maria Mercedes Coroy, Christophe Lambert.
Bel Canto follows a famous soprano who travels to a military dictatorship in South America to give a private concert at a party for a wealthy Japanese industrialist. There are no easy answers in Paul Weitz's operatic drama, which stars Moore opposite Ken Watanabe in a delicately rendered emotional thriller. Just as the glittering gathering of diplomats and politicians convenes, the mansion is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. True to its name, the film Bel Canto strikes a delicate balance between forbidden romance and hostage thriller, eschewing clichés to reveal a tender love story that is as much about the human condition as the power of music.