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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tous les Matins du Monde (All the World's Mornings) Review

Tous les Matins du Monde is based on a true story. Monsieur De Sainte Colombe in the 1600’s was arguably the world’s greatest Viola De Gamba player. He certainly was considered so in France where the King repeatedly asked for his services as a musician, which often Columbe refused.

Colombe’s wife dies and he becomes a complete recluse. He practices and composes fifteen hours a day and has an emotionally distant relationship with his daughters who he also trains to become master Viola De Gamba players.

Along comes a young, eager, musician, Marin Marias who is played as a by Guillaume Depardieu, then as an older man by Guillaume’s real life father Gérard Depardieu. Marias asks Monsieur De Sainte Colombe to train him on the Viola De Gamba. He reluctantly agrees and this begins a long, awkward and tumultuous relationship between Columbe, Marias, and Columbe’s daughters.

The acting by Gerard Depardieu and Jean-Pierre Marielle is solid all around. These are two gifted actors who carry themselves so well and wear the period piece clothing so naturally that you would think they are from that time period (1600’s).

Gerard Depardieu and Jean Pierre-Marielle wear the weight of their relationship so well on their faces you hardly need them to speak words. Of course the movie drowns this with over use of voice-overs but the acting is great non-the-less..

“Tous les Matins du Monde” at times is emotionally draining to watch. The title interprets in English as “All the World’s Mornings” but I wonder if the last word should read “Mournings”? I have seen few films where there is so much passion and so little happiness. It seems the more the characters embrace their obsessions the more empty and destitute they become. This is not a bad thing as far as the quality of the film goes. I’m impressed that this film did not use their music or affections for each other as some sort of relief for their pain or redemption for their deeds. After all, sometime the things we love can’t fulfill us completely.

This film is a movie about passion just as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is about love (yes, I know I might be stretching here :). The characters live for their needs but tragically these needs will never truly give them fulfillment.

When this movie was over I felt unsatisfied by it at first but then realized I probably was not ready for somber nature of Tous les Matins du Monde. In hindsight, the movie made me think about it for a couple days. If you enjoy period, costume movies in the French Language and don’t mind feeling a little depressed you probably will find that this film has a lot to offer. If that kind of movie isn’t for you, skip it.



Another Movie Rated By TurtleDog.....

Matt Damon in a true, but quirky, comic story about a real-life corporate whistle blower.

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