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The Concert: Film Festival

The Concert

Le concert,  France/Italy/Romania/Belgium 2009, 119m
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
Festivals: Rome 2009

"A band of out-of-work Moscow musicians travels to Paris posing as the celebrated Bolshoi Orchestra in this lavish, shamelessly popular comedy-drama from director Radu Mihaileanu (Live and Become). Andreï (Alexeï Guskov) conducted the Bolshoi until he fell out of political favour - and became the Bolshoi janitor. One night while cleaning he intercepts a fax from the Theatre du Chatelet inviting the Bolshoi to fill a last minute cancellation. Opportunity knocks: Andrei sets out to recruit an orchestra. "Be demanding and temperamental," advises his newly designated manager: they require that a stellar young French violinist (Mélanie Laurent) be secured to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major with them. The French buy it! Broad national character jokes abound, showing scant regard for the PC and jostling with clowning of a more poignant nature. Old dreams are rekindled, secrets uncovered and Tchaikovsky steals the show." - Bill Gosden

In French and Russian, with English subtitles