Le Concert (15)

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Time Out rating:

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

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 13 2010

In which we learn, once more, that you can take utter tosh, douse it in classical music and – voilà! – you’ve got classy tosh masquerading as something meaningful. At the famous Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, office cleaner Andrei (Aleksei Guskov) picks up a fax from the Châtelet Theatre in Paris: the LA Phil has cancelled, can the Bolshoi step in? Leaving aside the likelihood that agents would be handling these details, or indeed the sheer implausibility of such arrangements being handled solely by fax, it’s a tempting opportunity for Andrei, a once-brilliant conductor whose career was halted during the Brezhnev era for hiring Jewish musicians. So, a daring plan emerges as he rounds up his old orchestral pals and heads off to Paris posing as the Bolshoi band.

To be fair, much of this is played as bumbling comedy, but while laughter at the expense of Soviet apparatchiks, snooty French arts administrators and boozy Russian ensembles on tour is fair enough, the broad treatment of Andrei’s Romany ‘fixer’ and his light-fingered cohorts proves more uncomfortable. As the high-jinks begin to drag, director Radu Mihaileanu gamely shovels on old-fashioned melodrama, since the conductor’s also driven by the redemptive prospect of salving painful family wounds. Thankfully, Mélanie Laurent’s persuasive contribution as a glam violin soloist comes as a welcome break from Guskov’s one-note Russian melancholy, while the crisply shot climactic performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto musters enough dash to mask previous failings of credibility, taste and coherence. Resounding applause notwithstanding, there’s still much here that’s simply off-key.
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15

UK release:

Fri Jul 16, 2010

Duration:

123 mins

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Peter

Lovely film. Funny and uplifting. Forget the impossibility of the plot line; this is comedy , theater of the absurd with charm and fancy. Sit back, suspend your sharp focused logic and enjoy a heartwarming experience.

Peter

Lovely film. Funny and uplifting. Forget the impossibility of the plot line; this is comedy , theater of the absurd with charm and fancy. Sit back, suspend your sharp focused logic and enjoy a heartwarming experience.

L&#039;ame_Kiwi_Slav

I agree with you Paul. The layers of complexity in this film are very clever, and my cultural, linguistic and musical background ensured that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The first time I saw it, the farcical beginning and unlikely logistics of getting the orchestra to Paris annoyed me, but now I see that they were intended to be farcical. Well done, actors and all involved with this film. Better than most of the usual rubbish that we get.

L&#039;ame_Kiwi_Slav

I agree with you Paul. The layers of complexity in this film are very clever, and my cultural, linguistic and musical background ensured that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The first time I saw it, the farcical beginning and unlikely logistics of getting the orchestra to Paris annoyed me, but now I see that they were intended to be farcical. Well done, actors and all involved with this film. Better than most of the usual rubbish that we get.

David

If Anne-Marie united with her father, I would rate The Concert a winner!!!!

Paul

The reviewer writes from a position of cultural snobbery and ignorance, sadly often the way with Time Out. I am a musician. A close friend of mine is the leader of a Russian orchestra, unfortunately watching this film felt a bit like viewing a documentary of his life. Okay I admit the slapstick and one orchestra masquerading as another is the stuff of fiction, but this film has heart, soul and truth. It is compelling viewing and shows a complexity of life unknown to comfortable borgeios film critics.

Paul

The reviewer writes from a position of cultural snobbery and ignorance, sadly often the way with Time Out. I am a musician. A close friend of mine is the leader of a Russian orchestra, unfortunately watching this film felt a bit like viewing a documentary of his life. Okay I admit the slapstick and one orchestra masquerading as another is the stuff of fiction, but this film has heart, soul and truth. It is compelling viewing and shows a complexity of life unknown to comfortable borgeios film critics.

Monica

I totally disagree with the reviewer. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and look forward to getting it on DVD when it comes out. 4 stars on LoveFilm. 5 stars from me.

Monica

I totally disagree with the reviewer. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and look forward to getting it on DVD when it comes out. 4 stars on LoveFilm. 5 stars from me.

Mudit

Fantastic movie! Utterly above the holywood tripe. Best I've seen in many a long month, maybe years. Original, superb music, gentle comedy, lovely story. Reviewer needs to get a soul.

Mudit

Fantastic movie! Utterly above the holywood tripe. Best I've seen in many a long month, maybe years. Original, superb music, gentle comedy, lovely story. Reviewer needs to get a soul.

Maria

Great movie!! We are sick of movies like Avatar or Inception. This is what I call a movie.Great job Radu Mihaileanu and the team.

Maria

Great movie!! We are sick of movies like Avatar or Inception. This is what I call a movie.Great job Radu Mihaileanu and the team.

Ed

I agree with this - a lovely ending but what a painful journey.