Musik, mon amour
Director: Daniela Schmidt-Langels & Günther Huesmann
Distributor: C Major Entertainment
Length: 94 min.
16:9 shot in 1080i HDTV | stereo & 5.1 surround sound
© 2010, a co-production of BFMI with ZDF/arte
"Mu­sik, mon amour" tells the story of a true love. The un­lim­ited love for mu­sic. Once af­fected by mu­sic, it is im­possible to live without it. The doc­u­ment­ary thrives on the ex­cep­tion­al and very dif­fer­ent bio­graph­ies of the three prot­ag­on­ists: the Ja­pan­ese vi­ol­in­ist Midori Goto, the Ger­man com­poser Helmut Oehring and the Is­raeli sing­er Yas­min Levy.

Mu­sic may serve as an asylum, a sa­viour - bear­ing a hand and re­leas­ing from over- whelm­ing situ­ations. Then again, mu­sic may also turn in­to a bur­den, sick­en­ing the mu- si­cian and caus­ing a dif­fi­cult life crisis. As happened to Goto, the former vi­ol­in­ist child prodigy. An­oth­er per­son­al view on mu­sic is re­vealed by Helmut Oehring who grew up as the son of deaf-mute par­ents. By chance, he dis­coved mu­sic and turned it in­to his lan­guage.
How does mu­sic work? Why can't we live without mu­sic? There are hun­dreds of sci­entif­ic hy­po­thes­is and ex­plan­a­tions but none of them is able to serve with satis- fact­ory an­swers. The ef­fect of mu­sic seems to out­reach any of the ex­plan­at­ory ap­proaches. This is a film about the power of mu­sic; it points out the existan­tial im­port­ance of mu­sic for the hu­man be­ing in vari­ous forms.

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Musik, Mon Amour, Poster