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Bel Canto (15)


A drama thriller in which guerilla rebels hold a group of people hostage in South America.

The critical consensus

Despite adeptly handling a multilingual scenario, Weitz can't seem to decide what kind of film he wants Bel Canto to be, although the haunting finale still hits home.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 22/04/2019

Bel Canto pushes a hard message about cultural misconceptions and boasts a promising and diverse cast, but only really makes an impact in the first and final minutes.

**(*)(*)(*)Beth Webb, Empire Online, 26/04/2019

Moore hits the high notes opposite Ken Watanabe in this soapy adaptation of Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel.

***(*)(*)Cath Clarke, The Guardian, 25/04/2019

It’s a very strange premise for a movie. This is Stockholm syndrome taken to new extremes.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 26/04/2019

There’s a tepid, cross-cultural romantic comedy trapped inside this televisual hostage drama. The reliable Moore is trapped too. Even she can’t animate the material, leaving the graphic denouement feeling like a bum note.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 28/04/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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