Young composer Eliseo is struggling to finish his “Macabre Rhapsody.” Haunted by a traumatic childhood he is sent to a mental institution. In the outside world, a struggling music student discovers the fragments of Eliseo’s lost symphony and slyly passes off the masterful composition as his own.
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Ambitious but flawed directorial debut which was criticised for being derivative, cliched and pretentious. I thought the unsettling first hour boded really well (story, acting, music, production values all good) but that the film then started to drag (too many coincidences and exaggerations) and several scenes (particularly the ending) seemed rushed or botched and should have been recut, reshot or simply abandoned.
Pablo Larraín directs this look at lives affected by music, madness, and a large helping of melancholia. It's surprisingly enjoyable, although also a bit more ultimately inconsequential than I expected it to be.
El guión es absolutamente caótico y desastroso. Los personajes no generan empatía alguna y el final es absolutamente arbitrario. Afortunadamente, Pablo Larrain se replantearía su concepción del cine a partir de la fantástica Tony Manero y desde ahí no ha bajado el nivel.