Serving as a copyist to Ludwig van Beethoven gives young conservatory student Anna Holtz unprecedented access to the volatile composer's musical genius -- but also subjects her to his cruel tirades in this absorbing period drama.
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- Agnieszka Holland
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that most kids probably won't be interested in this period romantic drama, which deals with mature, somewhat abstract themes -- art, aging, inspiration, and originality. It focuses on a passionate, if chaste, relationship between the aging Beethoven and a young woman who works for him. The film includes some general vulgarities (references to bodily functions, filth, rats), a few occasions when Beethoven is drunk and unruly, and scenes featuring his dissolute nephew gambling and behaving badly (he grabs Anna's breasts). Characters argue loudly, and Anna cries when Beethoven berates her. Occasional mild language ("s--t" is the worst of it).
- Sexual Content
- Verbal sexual allusions; passionate kissing between an engaged couple; Beethoven undresses in front of a female copyist and moons her; nephew touches Anna's breasts, assuming she's his uncle's prostitute; references to bodily functions (peeing).
- Some drunken antics (falling down and bellowing); Beethoven breaks a model bridge with his cane.
- Relatively mild, infrequent language ("s--t," "filthy bastard").
- Social Behavior
- Beethoven's ornery, self-aggrandizing personality is tolerated by workers and relatives because he's a genius and because he supports them financially.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drinking and rowdy drunkenness.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it