Here is a drama that will stop you in your tracks and transport you to a phantasmagoric world where music, mystery, and magic hold sway.

This Oscar-nominated Belgian film, directed by Gerard Corbiau (The Music Teacher), examines the life of a hugely popular 18th century castrato. Farinelli's singing leaves women swooning and eventually lands him a position in the Spanish court where he becomes a favorite of King Philip V.

The singer's fate is linked to his older brother Riccardo, a composer, who tries to dominate him. The two earn the ire of Handel when they join a competing opera company in London. Eventually the brothers face up to the complexity of their love/hate relationship and the dark secret in their mutual past. With its dramatic operatic arias and its exotic European locations, this film is a feast for the senses and for the imagination.