The Song of Names Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Tim Roth, Clive Owen
  • Director: Francois Girard
  • Disc Format: NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: 
     Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Mod
  • Release Date: March 24, 2020
  • Run Time: 113 minutes

         There is something to be said about filmmaking that is bold, but choices also need to work for the audience. The Song of Names offers up a predictably emotional narrative which is not so much about the Holocaust as it is about the aftermath. While this is far from original, the decision to center the story on an extremely flawed character is a new addition to an otherwise obligatory tragic tale. This decision alone could have made for an interesting character study, but the film refuses to give insight into the most questionable decisions made by the characters, particularly the one at the center. Our protagonist is a round character, fully formed, but unfortunately he is not the center of the narrative, and simply the one attempting to understand the enigmatic character that is.