‘The song of forgotten names’, another case of a film hated by critics and applauded by the public

Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in this film where music has a lot of prominence. Tonight at 10:10 p.m. at La 1.

The premiere of The song of forgotten names It could not be less successful. It was March 13, 2020, just the day that the President of the Government Pedro Sánchez decreed confinement throughout Spain. The data for that weekend were absolutely disastrous, since as of Saturday 14 no cinema could open, which were added to those who had already taken the initiative the day before. In short, what This film did not get the way it deserved and, judging by the difference between the press and public reviews, the ratings were not up to par..

We start at the beginning, what is it about The song of forgotten names? Through different decades, it tells the story of two friends fleeing German Nazism in their native Poland. Dovidl is a child prodigy of the violin who is taken in by a family so that he can have musical studies. This is how he becomes the best friend of Martin, the child of the family. Much later, Dovidl is about to give an important concert when he disappears. Martin, who now works as a teacher, accidentally discovers a violinist who shows the same stylistic filigree as his old friend and goes on his trail.

Directed by François Girard (The red violin), the film received bad reviews from the specialized press. However, the public was of the opposite opinion and gave him an A. Some of the things that users who have left their criticism on the internet highlight is that it is very emotional. The relationship between the two protagonists has conquered viewers above all else. That is the main aspect that appears in the comments.

Instead, what the critics point out is that the film does not finish working. In addition, they believe that the intrigue and mystery that could have elevated the plot does not unfold satisfactorily. “Far from increasing the sense of mystery, the construction of the ‘flashback’ renders the present dramatically inert, giving the actors little to do,” writes Barbara VanDenburgh in Arizona Republic. It’s the same as Mick LaSalle says in San Francisco Chronicle: “There is a mystery at the heart of the film, but it is not much. Once it is solved, the film loses the interest it had”.

Of course, most highlight the interpretations of Tim Roth and Clive Owen, which become one of the reasons to see the tape. If you want to hang out with an emotional story and good performances, tonight at 10:10 p.m. in La 1 do not miss The song of forgotten names. And then for free on its ‘streaming’ platform.

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