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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Aleksei Guskov
Mélanie Laurent
Dmitri Nazarov
Directors
Radu Mihaileanu
Screenwriters
Matthew Robbins
Alain-Michel Blanc
Running Time
122 minutes

Le Concert
Think The Blues Brothers gone classical. In Russia


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Le Concert

Plot
Former Bolshoi conductor Andrëi Filipov (Guskov), disgraced for supporting Jewish musicians under Brezhnev’s regime in the ’80s, is now a lowly janitor at the Bolshoi. Intercepting a fax inviting the Bolshoi to perform at the Châtelet Theatre, he resolves to get his old orchestra back together and take one last chance to re-enter the big time.


Verdict
More sentimental, less spiky than Mihaileanu’s stock-in-trade, Le Concert is an enjoyable take on the underdogs genre. And Laurent and the music are sublime.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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