Upon his wife's death, viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe (Jean-Pierre Marielle) is overwhelmed with grief and retreats from the outside world. The musician moves with his two daughters (Anne Brochet, Carole Richert) into a small house in his garden, where he attempts to create a haven. However, word of his musical talent reaches aspiring musician Marin Marais (Guillaume Depardieu, Gérard Depardieu), who intrudes on Colombe's seclusion with the hope of finding a mentor.
Lovers of 17th century baroque music will be enthralled by Tous les Matins du Monde, which explores the refined world of Sainte Colombe, played by(Jean-Pierre Mariellle, the man who popularised the viola. His story is told by Marais (Gerard Depardieu) who recalls the occasion many years earlier, when he arrived at the home of the reclusive Sainte Colombe, hoping to be accepted as a student, and later became involved with the maestro's two daughters.
Gerard Depardieu's son Guillaume plays the youthful Marais and gives an accomplished performance, indeed all the actors are good and the music is sublime. But the story is a bit slight and Alain Corneau was more at home with the beautifully crafted thrillers he used to make. Tous les Matins du Monde is a bit self-consciously designed for the international arthouse audience.