While I do not consider myself a prude, I felt this presentation of a portion of the great composer's life to be little more than soft-porn. The envelope containing the disc gave no write-up so as to give a warning in case this was shown in a family environment. The acting and photography was, however, great. It certainly piques ones interest researching Brahm's life.
Brahms' reliance on paid companionship is well known, and doesn't detract from his art or humanity--the other reviewer's judgmental reproach is misplaced here and evangelical. Palmer depicts Brahms in the joie de vivre and tragedy of his existence, capturing a burnished Vienna ambience, including the glorious music. A superb film.