Based on Ann Patchett's best-selling novel, BEL CANTO is a dramatic love story that follows famous soprano Roxanne Coss (Julianne Moore) who travels to a military dictatorship in South America to give a private concert at a party for Hosokawa (Ken Watanabe), a wealthy Japanese industrialist.
Just as the glittering gathering of diplomats and politicians convenes, the mansion is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. Threats are made, lives are lost, a tense negotiation begins, and a month long standoff ensues.
While they are confined to the house, the hostages and their captors, who speak different languages, are forced to find ways to communicate. Music, especially the beautiful arias performed by Moore's character, a songbird in captivity, sparks a shared sense of comradeship and even love, uniting the disparate housemates as they form unexpected bonds, overcome their differences, and discover their shared humanity.
"Unlike most hostage dramas, this film isn't about survival, cruelty, or escape; it's a powerfully moving, beautiful story about shared humanity revealed by time and close quarters." - Common Sense Media
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