Bel Canto

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Bel Canto's reach occasionally exceeds its ambitious grasp in terms of juggling themes and tones, but it's held together by palpable emotion and a pair of strong leads.

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A famous American soprano becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she's invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America.

Cast & Crew

Julianne Moore
Roxanne Coss
Ken Watanabe
Katsumi Hosokawa
Tenoch Huerta
Comandante Benjamin
Elsa Zylberstein
Edith Thibault
Thorbjørn Harr
Christopf
Melissa Navia
Esmeralda
Paul Weitz
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Karen Lauder
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  • This is emotionally affecting at times, but writer-director Paul Weitz... adopts a prosaic approach that abandons the source novel's lyrical persuasions.

    March 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Stinky is the only word to describe this earnest thriller in which a famous American opera singer learns life lessons (and gets jiggy) in a hostage crisis.

    April 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's the world-famous soprano Renée Fleming, and Moore is lip-syncing. And the effect is horrific. It's like a drag act, but not. And it's the final nail in the coffin of sweet intention and witless execution.

    April 26, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • In Bel Canto, the tension is barely there to start with.

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Even Moore seems quite stranded, given little chance to animate her character except as an unenviable technical exercise.

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's overripe and improbable, but you'd need a flinty heart to resist the message of solidarity, that if you spend time with someone, anyone, you'll find common ground.

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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