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.
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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