Tears of Stone (Tár úr steini)

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This Icelandic biopic looks at a little known Icelandic composer Jon Leifs. He was born in Iceland in 1899, but spent much of his life in Germany just before WWII. The film begins in the 1930s after he has married the daughter of an industrialist, Annie, who is also a concert pianist. This era was frustrating for Leifs because few are performing his works. He is also feeling blackballed for his refusal to join the Nazi's Composer's Council. That Annie is Jewish does not help. As the political heats up, Annie leaves, but Leifs decides to stay. Desperate to have his music performed, he finally joins the Council. Annie calls him a sell-out. Eventually he goes back to Iceland where he is not well-received by other musicians. Leifs then returns to Europe to protect Annie. To get her and the family to safety he must make another dubious bargain with the Nazis causing Annie to leave him for good. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


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