Tonica Dominante (1999)

Tonica Dominante
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 19mins.
Genres Drama, Music
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Katia Coelho Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Lina Chamie Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Paula Sacramento Editor n/a 172 7000001
Ana Mara Abrev Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Jose Luis Sasso Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Patrick LeBlanc Producer n/a 3 3000002
Zita Carvalhosa Producer n/a 3 3000001
Vera Zimmermann Actor Violin 1 1000002
Carlos Gregorio Actor Maestro 1 1000003
Vera Holtz Actor Piano 1 1000004
Lina Chamie Director n/a 2 2000001
Fernando Alves Pinto Actor Clarinet 1 1000001
Tonic in traditional Western music is the root note of a key, and dominant is the fifth note of a scale. The tension between these two has often been exploited by composers in the sonata form. The film is basically a metaphor for music creation. The film chronicles three days in the life of a young musician and the three days correspond to the three movements of a classical sonata, each one containing its inner structure of dramatic development and the sum of the three leading to a final conclusion. On the first day the protagonist endures loneliness and fragility. On the second day what was to be a pleasant encounter becomes a nightmare. On the third day the young protagonist finally finds peace through music. Being a film about music, there is almost no dialogue and the story is mainly narrated through the integration of image and music.