Jacquot transposes Giacomo Puccini's famous opera to film in this stunningly filmed, sung and performed production featuring two of today's hottest opera stars. The films starts with black-and-white footage of the recording studio. He then brings the action forward on the sets, but makes frequent cuts to the studio. This avoids the sense of having filmed a staged production, and establishes an air of non-reality. Jacquot then adds a further visual dimension to the film by filming dazzling sequences of gardens and the night sky in Italy using a video camera. The two singers are also a couple in real life, a fact which adds emotional depth to their personas.
Source: 26th HKIFF (2002)