Starring Freya Tingley, Simon Abkarain, Rutger Hauer, James Faulkner, Catherine Schaub-Abkarain. Directed by Andrew Desmond. (88 min)
ON BLU-RAY FROM SCREEN MEDIA
Review by Josey, the Sudden Cat😸
I’m sure gonna miss Rutger Hauer. Always a quirky, underappreciated actor, he added a touch of sly malevolence to his characters, even when they were protagonists. Hauer himself hardly appears The Sonata at all, but his presence is felt throughout the film. That’s quite the swan song.
Hauer is definitely the villain here, playing Richard Marlowe, an infamous, reclusive classical composer who completes one last piece before committing suicide by setting himself on fire. He leaves everything – including the prerequisite creepy old mansion – to estranged daughter Rose (Freya Tingley), a respected musician in her own right. She discovers his manuscript locked away in a desk.
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As for Hauer, he shares no scenes with the other actors and is heard more than seen. But in those brief moments, he establishes a truly sinister villain, one of many elements that make The Sonata a chilling little winner. Despite an overall lack of originality, the film is a fitting coda to a wonderfully eccentric career.