I have been searching for a foreign film which I saw on the Bravo channel back in the year 2000. I did not catch the title or what exact language it was in. I am hoping after my description someone will have the answer.
The movie takes place in a small european village set approximately in the late 1700's (again I am not sure what language it is in but my best guess is German). It starts with a somewhat hectic scene of a mother giving birth to a boy (a bit vague at this point... sorry). The boy for some reason is disliked by his parents and is normally picked on on beat up by the other children (I remeber on scene in particular where the parents lock the boy in his room and some kids throw a rock through the window and some of the glass cuts him, it seems at this point he loses all love for those around him). Back to the story, near his home there is a small creek which has a very large stone which comes out from the water. The boy likes to sleep on this rock and puts his ear to it to hear the earth (or something to that effect). There is a old hermit who is banned from the town and lives near the stream. He befriends the boy and often gives him advice. Next scene... The boy has an evil music teacher at school who plays the piano horribly. The boy tells the teacher that is piano playing is punishment to his ears, the teachers responds by making the boy play in front of the glass, and his performance is brilliant enough to upset the teacher and help the boy realize he has found something that he loves. The village priest allows the boy to practise his music virtuoso on the church organ, and soon he becomes the church organist. His playing somewhat enchants the village and he is somewhat praised as a virtuoso.
Next scene... He is older now... Late teens early twenties... One day he is having somesort of an episode and he goes to the rock in the creek to rest. From the rock he begins to hear all the sounds of the world at once, and the sound overwhelms his body and spirt and leaves him seemingly half dead. We he awakes his eyes have changed from blue to a fire-like red/orange.
Next scene... He understands he is deeply in love with a girl from the village, and goes to the old hermit to guidance. The oldman helps him realize that this girl is in fact his soul mate. His passion for his music begins to stem solely from his love for her and his organ music becomes extremely brilliant. He begins to notice his best friend is jealous of the attention he is giving her but decides to pay his jealousy no mind.
Next scene... The girl he loves is getting quite anxious to make love, but in the midst of his musical inspiration he is unable to do anything other than write and play the beautiful music in his mind. The girl becomes more impatient and desides to sleep with one of the other town boys. In the midst of his playing he feels and hears this wrongful act taking place and immediately leaps to run to her home. He finds her there and in some sort of scuffle the house catches fire and most of the village burns. His best friend then tells him that he is in love with him.
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