Tous Les Matins du Monde is a beautiful, captivating, heart-rending film about real-life 17th century French Baroque composer Marin Marais. This film, from 1991, which stars Gérard Depardieu as Marais, and Depardieu’s own son, Guillaume as the young Marais is stunning.
Marin Marais was born in 1656 and died in 1728, and he was a viol player and a composer of Baroque music. Now, the plot of this film centres around Marais’ six month period of living with an learning from viole master Sainte Colombe and his two daughters, who are excellent musicians in their own right. There is a stream of emotion and music, love and loss to make this film stay with you.
I shan’t go into further detail about the plot, as you should see this film if you can, but I felt truly moved at the end. It is in beautiful, clearly enunciated French, but it’s ok if you can’t speak French – unless you’re the type of person who hates subtitles? Still worth the effort, I say. As for me, I’m always happy to see Depardieu in 17th century attire – it suits him beautifully, and his son, the late Guillaume Depardieu is exquisitely handsome and possessing a charming innocence.
To say that the music was superb would be a gross understatement. The music is lush and the viol is perfectly played by Jordi Savall. Once you become a devotee of Baroque, Savall’s name will come up again and again – and with good reason; he is simply amazing. The music consists of pieces from Marais, Saint-Colombe & Jean-Baptiste Lully.
My favourite piece, which was used throughout the film, is the haunting La Rêveuse – 4ème livre de Pièces de viole, which was composed by Marin Marais. The poignant sound of the viole is the perfect accompaniment to the drama of the scenes. I often listen to this soundtrack whilst I work on my book, and it proves to be a most inspirational album. So, I heartily recommend both the film and the amazing soundtrack.