This film centers on the last years of Ludwig Van Beethoven's life, a turbulent period in which his
struggles with deafness, loneliness and family trauma provide profound inspiration for arguably
the greatest symphony ever written, his astonishing Ninth.
An aspiring composer of humble means, 23-year-old Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger)
seeks inspiration and career advancement in the world's music capital, Vienna.
A student at the music conservatory, she is recommended for a position at a venerated publisher,
and, in a fortuitous turn of events, orchestrates an opportunity to work beside the greatest,
most mercurial artist alive, Beethoven (Ed Harris).
When the skeptical Beethoven issues an impromptu challenge, Anna demonstrates
her competence and musical insight. The maestro accepts Anna as his copyist, beginning a
remarkable relationship that will transform both of their lives.
This film is rated PG-13 for some sexual elements.