For all those who appreciate classical music films, here's one I can thoroughly recommend. THE CONCERT
by Radu Mihaileanu. French title:- â€˜Le Concertâ€™
We've just been to see this today in France.
My personal rule-of-thumb for an excellent film is, would I want to go straight back in and watch it a second time? For this picture, a definite yes!
Here Iâ€™ve tried to give a brief resumÃ©.
Set at the time of Brejnev, the film tells the story of Andrei Filipov - the greatest orchestral conductor in the Soviet Union, once director of the famous BolchoÃ¯ Orchestra.
Thirty years later he still works at the BolchoÃ¯ but as a cleaner, having been dismissed as musical director for refusing to break away from his Jewish musicians.
One evening, whilst staying late to clean his bosses office, he sees a fax sent to the managing director with an invitation from the ChÃ¢telet theatre, urging the BolchoÃ¯ orchestra to come to play in Paris. Suddenly Andrei has a crazy idea: why not re-unite his former friends and musicians, and take them to Paris, posing as the current BolchoÃ¯ orchestra.
What happens next I wonâ€™t divulge, except to say that this film rapidly gets up to full speed, with some great bitter-sweet humour, and an outrageous over-the-top Russian nouveau-riche
wedding reception - which personally I didn't particularly enjoy.
There are some extremely high emotional moments, especially near the end of the film, which culminates with their performance in Paris and truth being revealed about the young â€˜Frenchâ€™ soloist during a wonderful rendering of Tchaikovskyâ€™s Violin Concerto.
If you enjoy classical music this is one picture not to be missed, although I would expect a fairly limited release in the U.S. probably only in selected art-type cinemas. A very moving film. Link to film trailer Additional Film review