This melodrama, set in WW II during the French occupation, tells the story of the members of a Jewish family who flee the Germans and end up hiding in the country manse of two aristocrats. Unfortunately, the Gestapo finds them and they are sent to a concentration camp. The film then leaps ahead to 1985 where the daughter of the couple begins believing that her dead brother has been reincarnated as a famed pianist. She feels this is so because both of them love Rachmaninoff’s “Concerto No. 2”.
In 1985 Salomé Lerner publishes a book in which she recounts her life story. In a television interview with Bernard Pivot she agrees that her story would make a good film adaptation, a film entirely in music. Her brother was a talented pianist, which makes the tragedy of his death in a Nazi concentration camp, along with his mother and father, even more acute. Yet Salomé and her family came so close to avoiding this outcome. Living in Paris in 1943, they were able to escape from the Nazis, having been denounced by their concierge, and found a safe refuge in Dijon, at a chateau belonging to some friends, the Rivières. To avoid arousing the suspicion of the locals, the two families made it appear that Salomé was to be married to the Rivières’ son, Vincent. Alas, this idyll proved to be short lived…