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If you lost someone you love, how long would you search for them before giving up? Would you eventually let the memories fade into a sense of muted closure? Or would you devote your life to solving this potentially unsolvable mystery? These questions and more are at the center of The Song of Names, a new film starring Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs) and Clive Owen (Gemini Man) from acclaimed director François Girard. Girard’s The Red Violin follows the titular instrument across different time periods and characters. In some ways, The Song of Names looks to be a spiritual sequel; a theme on a variation, if you will. Here’s the official synopsis from Sony Pictures Classics:
Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his “brother” and extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, Dovidl Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career. Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive, and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and...
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