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"Où s'arrête le pouvoir de sa voix?"

Farinelli is a true story about the operatic music career of Italian singer Farinelli, who gained popularity and was known as one of most incredible castrato singers ever. The story follows Carlo Broschi who became known as Farinelli in 18th century Italy. He became known for his unique voice which gave him a multitude of ranges over other opera singers. The sacrifice that Farinelli faced with the loss of his manhood, was compensated with the amount of recognition that he recieved by his adoring female fans across the country. The story unfolds by shedding more light on his off stage struggle with his loved ones after the surgery. The dynamic of Farinelli's relationship with his brother, Riccardo after his father's constant pressure to sing like his brother took an ironic turn when Farinelli's fame actually assisted Riccardo with a more unique style of singing. The results of jealousy that Farinelli's brother begins to feel due to Farinelli's new found fame create a tension between the two which Farnelli resolves in an interesting way.

The film will show audiences what Farinelli's life was as both an operatic icon as well as a person who just wants peace with his family. Farinelli is torn between having an incredible voice but unfortunately not being able to satisfy women sexually. As he faces this reality, he finds an interesting and unique way in order to resolve the strained relationship with his brother. With Farinelli's incredible castrato sound and attractive looks Farinelli's plan involves his brother satisfying every woman they meet, despite Farinelli's surgery. This plan slowly changes the dynamic back with his brother as Farinelli continues his rise to fame. The film is filled with the beautiful angelic sound of Farinelli's voice that the audience will find hard to forget.

| 1994 | 1 hr 51 min | 6.9/10
Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Gerard Corbiau

Also directed by Gerard Corbiau

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