Edmonton ‘18 Review: ‘Bel Canto’ Leaves Behind a Bad Taste That a Glass of Dom Perignon Can’t Wash Away

Based on the novel by Ann Patchett –  loosely based on the 1996 Peruvian Japanese Embassy Hostage Crisis – Bel Canto is an unusual love story that follows opera star Roxane Cross (Julianne Moore) who travels to an unnamed country in South America to perform at a private concert for Katsumi Hosokawa (Ken Watanabe), a Japanese industrialist looking for an economical place in the continent to build a factory. In the midst of this display of wealth, extravagance, and cultural imagery, the gathering is interrupted by a rebel group who mistakenly believe that the president of the nation is at the party. What ensues is a month-long standoff between the group and the hostages, as the group demands the release of their imprisoned comrades.

Ken Watanabe and Julianne Moore in ‘Bel Canto’ © Screen Media Films

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