It's late 17th century. The viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe comes home to find that his wife died while he was away. In his grief he builds a small house in his garden into which he moves to dedicate his life to music and his two young daughters Madeleine and Toinette, avoiding the outside world. Rumor about him and his music is widespread, and even reaches to the court of Louis XIV, who wants him at his court in Lully's orchestra, but Monsieur de Sainte Colombe refuses. One day a young man, Marin Marais, comes to see him with a request, he wants to be taught how to play the violin.
- Year: 1991
- Country: France
- Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance
- Studio: FR3 Films Production, DD Productions, Film Par Film, Divali Films, Societé d'Exploitation et de Distribution de Films (SEDIF)
- Keyword: violin, orchestra, 17th century, instrument maker
- Director: Alain Corneau
- Cast: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Guillaume Depardieu, Carole Richert, Michel Bouquet