Keswick Film Club - Le Concert

Sunday 3rd October 5:00 PM

Le Concert 

Director: Radu Mihaileanu. Country: Fr/It/Bel/Rus
Cert: 15 Year: 2009 Length: 123 mins Language: French and Russian
Le Concert

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Audience Reaction

Score: 88.48% Attendance: 174




Former Bolshoi conductor Andrëi Filipov, disgraced for supporting Jewish musicians under Brezhnev’s regime in the ’80s, is now a mere cleaner at the Bolshoi. Intercepting a fax inviting the Bolshoi to perform in Paris, he resolves to reunite his old orchestra and take one last chance to re-enter the big time. Helped by his loyal friend Sacha and their old manager Ivan, Andrei tries to persuade all his musicians, but things start to unravel when they get to Paris…Essentially a larky comedy caper, the film's themes of lost opportunity and growing old strike the right emotional notes, and Mihaileanu manages his cast and amusing script astutely. Well-paced, well-developed characters...and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto of course.


open_quote A superbly directed, beautifully acted French farce that's both powerfully emotional and laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended. close_quote Matthew Turner, Viewlondon

open_quote Mélanie Laurent and the music are sublime close_quote Empire



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