This is a fine, romantic film for those who love singing and classical song. Set in the early 1900's, "Le Maitre de Musique" (in French, with English subtitles) features the reknowned Belgian operatic bass-baritone José van Damme as the music teacher. The plot involves van Damme ending his own singing career and taking on two last voice students - a young tenor and an 18-year old lyric soprano - for a voice contest sponsored by his arch rival, Count Scotti (Patrick Bauchau). He deals with the growing affection of and worship by his young female student, and his desire to help her succeed, without sacrificing his own marriage to his wife, who has been his accompanist. Sumptuously filmed on a French estate and the surrounding countryside, it effectively captures the life of an artist at the peak of his powers, recognizing his mortality and dealing with it. The scenes involving van Damme in concert, and his pupils' performances during the voice contest are some of the best music on film. Underlying the film are excerpts from Mahler's and Schubert's vocal works that are very well matched to the pathos of the story. Rent it tonight!