Patrick Stewart’s presence failed to elevate the image.
Sir Henry Cole (Patrick Stewart, dubbed for piano scenes) is a world-renowned classical pianist. Since the death of his wife, he has been the target of panic attacks on stage and, at times, makes mistakes. Journalist Helen Morrison (Katie Holmes) meets him in this context. He works in New Yorker and comes forward to interview him. Reluctant at first, he is overcome by the quiet charm of this gentle and caring woman, and finally gives himself up. From conversations to meetings to meals with friends, Helen and Henry develop a loving friendship that is graciously observed by their agent Paul (Giancarlo Esposito).
Some of the dialogues and scenes are point-and-shoot, and Henry expresses a philosophy of music, life, career and age. Written by Louis Catpole (who will be seen with “The Seatters” later this summer), the screenplay unfortunately sometimes gets lost in Helen’s fancy and unpleasant reflection, thus diminishing the credibility of the poem and the story.
Part of Montreal was filmed by photographer Guy Dufox and directed by Claude Lallonde, who benefits from the vast landscapes of Henry’s view of his first film, “Koda: Life in Music”. The end of the movie where we don’t reveal anything.
The acting of Patrick Stewart and Katie Holmes failed to free himself from a kind of rigidity that prevented the viewer from adhering to the subject. In a few lines, we tell ourselves that “Koda: Life in Music” would have produced an amazing novel.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5