"Tous les matins du monde sont sans retour." (all the mornings of the world are without return). Such a sad movie. For me, a combination of the following movies: "La Leggenda del Pianista Sull'Oceano" & "Photographing Fairies".
Lovely music from Jordi Savall et al, but pretentious European twattle otherwise. Same goes for the novel in my opinion. A friend who was an early music performer enjoyed them both but I think it does a disservice to the profound soulfulness of the music of Saint Colombe's and Marais to interlard their music and biography with 20th-Century European male insecurities masquerading as a sort of ersatz existentialism.
"Surely one of the most hauntingly poetic films ever made: a tone poem on love and loss, the way that time flays us with memory and regret. The opening notes of "The Dreaming Girl" go straight to the fractured heart. Jean-Pierre Marielle's pitch-perfect performance of the grieving artist pursuing perfection is a masterly portrayal of restrained passion."
Couldn't say it any better myself. Very touching.