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"The Song of Names", 2019, with Tim Roth, Clive Owen

I like this a lot, but reviewers seem to have been looking for something else in this movie than I did.

On the surface, this is a mystery, starting in pre-WWII Europe, and continuing for decades with one childhood friend looking for the other after a strange disappearance. Owen (and his younger versions) is a Polish Jew, a child genius gifted with the violin, who was brought to London to live with Roth's family and study his instrument. His own family remained in Poland, invaded by the Nazis in 1939, and were all taken to Treblinka.

Owen grows to manhood with Roth and his family, but never knows his own family's fate, although it seems more obvious all the time. It haunts him and influences his aberrant behavior.

What's not on the surface is when he finds the truth, his life pivots on a dime, and he changes course and outlook.

How he finds out is key, and it is heartbreaking to witness. We can hardly handle anything depicting the death camps, so watching this can bring some tears. Roth finds him 35 years after his disappearance, the pieces come together, and then the end becomes truly an ending.

This is a stirring film, and a good reminder for all of us at this time, that there are hard times, and there are Hard Times. It's good to know the difference.

Comcast has it on pay per view. It's not a waste of your money.

Edits: 04/14/20

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Topic - "The Song of Names", 2019, with Tim Roth, Clive Owen - free.ranger 16:50:47 04/13/20 (1)


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