An emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half-century. Beneath the film's stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of war, and the lost souls extinguished from history. "...François Girard's sweeping historical drama about a man searching for his childhood best friend -- a violin prodigy orphaned in the Holocaust -- who vanished decades before on the night of his first public performance."--
"In a hundred-year period, a handful of men and women changed the way we see the world. Many of them are well known—Marx, Freud, Proust, Einstein, Kafka. Others have vanished from collective memory despite their enduring importance in our daily lives. Without Karl Landsteiner, for instance, there would be no blood transfusions or major surgery. Without Paul Ehrlich, no chemotherapy. Without Siegfried Marcus, no motor car. Without Rosalind Franklin,...