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By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dull drama about pianist has mature themes, language.

Movie NR 2020 96 minutes
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This tender study of an intense musical genius, whose career and inner life are resurrected by an idealistic young writer, is slow going and lacks energy in spite of solid performances. What was probably conceived of as a "leisurely" pace is, instead, slow, listless, and repetitive. It doesn't help that the filmmakers have devoted a great number of scenes to Henry alone, remembering, pondering, reflecting, and grieving. In addition, time and place are adrift. Scenes in Switzerland -- both present and past -- though beautifully shot, are intercut with scenes in New York, Boston, London -- present, past, and future. It's often difficult to identify the where and the when. Profound connections and bonds are hard to come by, and though Coda tries to share a lovely example of such a relationship, it's simply too thin and spiritless.

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