The Child Prodigy

The Child Prodigy  {L’enfant prodige}
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Tuesday, January 11, 7:00 PM
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The Child Prodigy
L’enfant prodige
Canada, 2010, 101 Minute Running Time
Topics: Biopic, Dance/Music, Drama
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

This gorgeously made biographical drama recounts the story of an extraordinarily gifted Canadian musical prodigy whose meteoric rise to fame in the 1930s was paralleled by a long, slow slide into depression and dissolution. At the age of six, child prodigy André Mathieu had already captivated critics and audiences alike with his mastery of the piano and his audacious composing skills, which astonished people who flocked to his concerts from New York to London to Paris. Trained by his piano teacher father and doted on by his overbearing mother, young André seemed to have everything going for him.

Celebrated at home and abroad at a very young age, André possessed gifts which brought him great early acclaim, but also brought with them the curse of a fame that may have been too fast in coming for a boy whose emotional development could not possibly have kept pace with his musical renown. Replete with gorgeous musical passages and pitch-perfect performances, this is a movie to savor, even as its haunting story of a long-forgotten talent is a revelatory tale of great promise unfulfilled.

Director to attend screening on 1/11

DIRECTOR: Luc Dionne
Producer: Denise Robert, Daniel Louis
Editor: Jena-Francois Bergenon
Screenwriter: Luc Dionne
Cinematographer: Bruce Chun
Music: Alain Lefevre
Principal Cast: Patrick Drolet, Marc Labreche, Macha Grenon, Karine Vanasse
Filmography: Aurore (2005)
Print Source: FunFilm Distribution Inc. -

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