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The cast is attractive, with Maurice Godin as Bizet, and Brittany Madgett as his 12 year old student, and as the artist Delaborde, R.H. Thomson is amusing and engaging.Though this is supposed to be a "film for the whole family", parents should be aware that it is depicting 19th century bohemian Parisians, with much wine drinking, and permissive behavior, though that is balanced perhaps by being able to introduce children to the fabulous music, the Czech National Ballet, and even a little opera...and of course, Ms. Lendvai, who is pure grace and style.
The story moves a long slowly, the plot contrivances are a little thin, and just like in Beethoven Lives Upstairs (where Christopher, the boy character, and Beethoven spend an afternoon walking and talking with each other), there's a section where the little girl languishes alongside Bizet and his mopey son on a warm afternoon. Completely innocent, but as you may well guess, I don't buy a 10 year old girl and a grown man behaving like soul mates and sharing their personal anguish with each other.
There is also an extended "main child character running an incredibly long distance through the city streets" montage, again, like in BLU.
Finally, the strained relationship between Bizet and his wife is hinted at, but never explained, so the peculiar ending makes little sense. Although my 4th graders, having studied "Carmen" in class, found the story intriguing, they were confused by the ending as well.
Meh. Three stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this movie to teach my 3rd grader about composers. What a disappointment! Not only did it teach very little about Bizet's life, it was filled with MANY concepts not... Read morePublished 23 months ago by JJR
My piano students love this movie. I use it as a component of music appreciation classes.Published on January 9, 2007 by gardening goddess
We generally love the composer series but this one reeks. It is silly and stupid and teaches you next to nothing about Bizet. Read morePublished on June 15, 2005 by D. M Paul
This movie doesn't teach a thing about Bizet! His opera Carmen was also a little carried away! Only a stupid love story! Definetely do not purchase this movie!Published on June 19, 2003