"Farinelli," was directed by Gerard Corbiau and it was directed in 1994. The movie is about the Italian castrato singer, Carlo Broschi. It touches on his relationship with his brother, Riccardo and his career. Stefano Dionisi starred as Carlo and Enrico Lo Verso starred as Riccardo. They have a bond like this, Riccardo writes the music and his brother always sings it, since everyone adores his voice. Yes Riccardo did help him become a star but the music he writes is terrible and he wouldn't be rolling in the money if it wasn't for Carlo's voice. The movie is really a dramatic take on their relationship. The movie doesn't shy away with either Broschi's sexual escapades. This isn't the the PG "Amadeus."
"Farinelli," won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and had been nominated at the Oscars but lost out to the Russian film, "Burnt by the Sun." Anyway, the acting in the film was quite good and the film is beautiful with it's music and the lavished production.
The plot is quite simple, Carlo wants more out his career, at first he didn't mind just being swooned over by thousands of women but it starts to bore him. He believes more about what he's doing. Handel by the way is in this film, Jeroen Krabbe starred as him. They kind of make him bad guy though really he just likes music not just for fame but for passion and it irks him how the Broschi brothers act. Well this starts a rift between brothers, Riccardo who was the dominate one and now becomes the one who needs the help....
So what you'll come out with is you'll either find it to be a passionate look at music and make you want to research more about Carlo Broschi or you'll wish that you didn't spend and hour and fifty minutes watching it. That is up to you though because this reviewer enjoyed it and is giving it 4 out of 5 stars.