Bel Canto

Bel Canto

DVD - 2018
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Roxanne Coss becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she's invited to perform at a lavish party for a wealthy industrialist in South America. As a lengthy standoff ensues, hostages and captors form unexpected bonds as they overcome their differences to find their shared humanity.
Publisher: [United States] : Screen Media Films, 2018
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA BEL 2018
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 25, 2019

Great production qualities, & acting. The question I have tho' is, do the captors lose sight of their purpose, or do they not have a strong enough purpose from the get-go? I did not really buy the story. It is possible to connect with the person(s) who hold you hostage & relate to them. It is hard for me to imagine anyone who is held hostage to not be thinking of an escape 100% of the time. I would be. The relationships created by the hostages themselves are well done, but not realistic in this environment. Without them the film would be nothing.

May 24, 2019

I loved Patchett's novel when I read it many years ago - swept away by her writing and the story
I enjoyed the movie but my heart still goes with the book, which in my memory is more powerful and had a much greater impact on me

May 22, 2019



A fabulous thriller set to entertain!



May 07, 2019

Yes, a poor job of lip syncing & I felt an altogether poor job by Moore. Yes, a bit improbable; spend some time with 'some others' & there's bound to be common ground...oh, that's way too broad a statement. I didn't care for the book, the audiobook & not much better feeling with the DVD. At least i really tried. Not a great fan of the author, despite fan base & admiration. I think much of this goes in my left ear & out my right - plus, I just didn't 'get' the ending. What I did like? The fact that the poor common folk always get shafted by the elite, those that have clawed, cheated & faked their way to the top. See The Year of Living Dangerously about Sukarno a example. Love Ken Watanabe :) Should have stuck with Animal Planet that night.

May 01, 2019

“It's overripe and improbable, but you'd need a flinty heart to resist the message of solidarity, that if you spend time with someone, anyone, you'll find common ground.”

“No one loves or dies without purpose in this searing film.”

“It's the world-famous soprano Renée Fleming, and Moore is lip-syncing. And the effect is horrific.”

I copied these from other reviewers because they said what I couldn't think how to express.

Mar 25, 2019

Ridiculous premise.

Mar 23, 2019

Probably THE BEST film that no one has ever heard of. Shame. Moving story, fantastic performances from the actors, beautiful opera contrasted against terrorism and violence. Highly recommended!

Mar 17, 2019

This film does an amazing job of character / relationship development between the hostages and the rebels. Initially the scene is only one of fear and anger. Although the viewer would generally regard the captors as evil, we must remember that the setting is a South American country where civil rights are non-existent and people are "political prisoners". The book and film are inspired by a real-life hostage crisis that took place in Lima, Peru, during the mid-‘90s. Confined together for many days, the separate groups become individuals - human beings instead of roles. Love, respect, humor and play take the place of anger and terror, yet you never lose the feeling that things are not going to end well. Beneath all the drama is the haunting opera music sung by Renee Fleming. Beautifully complex characters. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Mar 04, 2019

Lost for words. Beautifully done on so many levels. Brought me to tears.

Feb 28, 2019

Nice character study movie with a very diverse cast. Ken Watanabe seems to steal all the scenes he was in with Julianne Moore but she still made a interesting and likable character.

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