New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: The Revolution Will Be Orchestrated in the Stunning Musical Biopic ‘Chevalier’

The TIFF film Chevalier is a dizzying achievement, frequently on the verge of collapsing from its multifaceted ambitions and the complexity of the staggering achievements of its real-life subject, the 18th-century French composer Joseph Bologne (played an absolutely electric Kelvin Harrison Jr). The fact that it doesn’t is mostly due to writer Stefani Robinson’s keen awareness of where to hold back and allow the unspoken to dominate in silence, while director Stephen Williams captures the opulent surroundings and the personal dramas to an equal, astounding degree.

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