The Song of Names


Action / Drama / Music / Mystery / War

Plot summary

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Jonah Hauer-King Photo
Jonah Hauer-King as Dovidl 17-23
Tim Roth Photo
Tim Roth as Martin
Clive Owen Photo
Clive Owen as Dovidl
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English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 53 min
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1 hr 53 min
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23.976 fps
1 hr 53 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by graham-harvey6 / 10

Had potential to be excellent

There are some great aspects to this film. The scenes of childhood & the actors in the midst of WW2 are well depicted. Safe relatively in England, far safer than Poland.

The time shifting sequences flipping from one era to another made things stilted & confusing & annoying more than interesting.

Excellent sets in Poland esp Treblinka & in Hampstead where the main character encounters a survivor of Treblinka & then learns about his own family.

Worth watching but this film could have been outstanding.

Exploring the aspect of the holocaust on those who had managed to leave or not but survive makes a great basis for exploring humanity & the challenges of going on after loss.

The story meanders a lot which gets in the way of building a sense of connection to the adults; the earlier scenes when the key characters are still boys manages to build that connection.

Reviewed by dierregi3 / 10

Survivor's guilt

Dov is an arrogant child prodigy, violin player, from a Polish Jewish family. His father decides to take him to London, to study and there he leaves Dov, boarding with an English family, just at the eve of WWII. You can already see how this is heading south and it does, but at snail's pace.

During the Blitz, Dov starts an uneasy friendship with Martin, the English family son, and they became best buddies. At the end of the war and after a useless search, it is feared - but not confirmed - that Dov's family ended up in Treblinka.

Dov is now a sullen, nasty and mean youngster, but still a hell of a violin player. Angry at everybody he renounces the Jewish religion and embarks on a self-destructive course until the eve of his first solo concert. Then he disappears, ruining his adoptive family. The bulk of the plot is Martin's search for Dov, 35 years later.

The film is edited with three interspersed timelines and it does not make for an easy viewing.

Even considering his suffering, Dov is a most unpleasant, selfish, destructive character who does not elicit much sympathy. Martin is supposed to be the best person, but he's merely a plot device, to enhance Dov's uniqueness.

The end is annoyingly predictable, if anything enhancing once more what a prima donna, unlovable, egotistic character Dov is.

Reviewed by westsideschl9 / 10

Selfishness & Atonement

At some point selfishness manifests itself individually, or as family, or as some higher level grouping. All offshoots of survival of the individual. Selfishness can be tempered either with reasoning (perhaps w/teachings),or simply with time. Violinist prodigy Dovidl makes a mistake (actually more than one) that has severe consequences. Like we all with our mistakes does he (or can he really) atone as in this look back, "I no longer thought of myself as an individual ... I chose to submerge myself within a community of faith ... a body sharing common values, history, memory. The surrender of self." So, upon atoned completion of his concert, "...were all debts paid?" Kudos to composer Howard Shore, and violinist Ray Chen.

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