The Sonata

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A gifted musician (Freya Tingley) inherits a mansion after her long lost father (Rutger Hauer) dies under mysterious circumstances. She discovers his last musical masterpiece riddled with cryptic symbols that unravels an evil secret.


  • Freya Tingley
  • Simon Abkarian
  • James Faulkner
  • Rutger Hauer
  • Catherine Schaub-Abkarian
  • Matt Barber
  • Christopher Brand
  • James Kermack
  • Myster Jo
  • Laine Ligere Stengrévica

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Jan 20, 2020

The score, by Alexis Maingaud, is horror strings on steroids and quite lovely. Director Andrew Desdmond and his production designer and cinematographer conjure up a properly spooky look and setting — overcast skies, dimly-lit chambers, a foggy forest. But the script delivers very little punch or pace to let that creepy vibe pay off.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
Jan 9, 2020

For a while, the film’s elegant art-horror vibe is quite compelling, leaving the ancient secret societies and demonic entities that it hints at tantalizingly off-screen and just out of Rose’s grasp. Unfortunately, though, the film begins to stumble late in its second act, its well set-up mystery devolving into a contrived sort of video-game logic.

Metacritic review by Nick Rocco Scalia
Nick Rocco Scalia
Film Threat
Jan 9, 2020

While the director clearly has a few tricks up his sleeve for hitting his viewers with the heebie jeebies, what he doesn’t have, at least for The Sonata, is a sense of how to weave those tricks into a unified, cohesive narrative.

Andrew Crump
Paste Magazine