First Night (15)

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Drama

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Oct 11 2011

Veteran TV director Chris Menaul serves up a polished but hammy farce set around the staging of ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ in a country house. The story mirrors the romantic intrigues of Mozart’s opera as various folk, including Richard E Grant’s industrialist-turned-singer and Sarah Brightman’s conductor, hook up with each other but only after negotiating a minefield of mistaken identities and other misunderstandings by day and night. While such hilarities are the bread and butter of operas, they don’t translate well to film, and Menaul does little to allay the stagey high jinks of the whole enterprise. The singing – dubbed on afterwards – is fine, but the standard of acting is poor beyond belief. What happened to Grant’s career that he should be in the likes of this?
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Oct 14, 2011

Duration:

116 mins

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Director:

Chris Menaul

Cast:

Richard E Grant, Sarah Brightman, Hugh Ross

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Patrick Wilson

I watched this movie at a preview screening in Cuba in February 2010 & thought it was a wonderful engaging film that left you with a smile as you left the cinema. A great movie and a must see and great to have fantastic local movies still being made.

Patrick Wilson

I watched this movie at a preview screening in Cuba in February 2010 & thought it was a wonderful engaging film that left you with a smile as you left the cinema. A great movie and a must see and great to have fantastic local movies still being made.

Jon Morton

I saw this, liked it - it won't change the world, but interesting characters, beautifully shot, wonderful music, amazing singing. Compare that to some recent critically lauded films, and I wonder if today's critics have become totally divorced from how people like to spend their spare time! Go and see it, and support British independent cinema in the process!

Jon Morton

I saw this, liked it - it won't change the world, but interesting characters, beautifully shot, wonderful music, amazing singing. Compare that to some recent critically lauded films, and I wonder if today's critics have become totally divorced from how people like to spend their spare time! Go and see it, and support British independent cinema in the process!

guy wellman

More originality than in more than 95% of films on current or recent release. If Depp and Mulligan had had cameo parts, it would fill cinemas nationwide.