The opera world's dream team, soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazon, star in this feature film version of Giacomo Puccini's immortal opera. It is directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Dornhelm, and Bertrand de Billy conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Set in Paris in the 1830s, writer Rodolfo agrees to join his friends later for a drink to celebrate Christmas Eve but there is a knock at the door: their neighbour Mimi, whose candle has gone out, asks for fire and it is love at first sight. Their happiness is cut short as Mimi develops a fatal illness and leaves. It is only when she is dying that the lovers are briefly reunited.