Le concert

Le concert

DVD - 2011 | French
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"Andrei Filipov finds new life when he intercepts a fax inviting the Russian orchestra to play at Pleyel, in Paris, as a last minute replacement for the indisposed Los Angeles Philharmonic. He conceives a crazy notion: round up his old musician buddies, a motley bunch scraping a living in Moscow as cab drivers, garbage men and flea market traders, and go to Paris passing as the official Buolshoi Orchestra. It's a bold plan. Can this band of misfits pull it together to defy destiny and take their revenge?" -- Container, English release.
Comédie dramatique. Pour s'être opposé à l'éviction de ses musiciens juifs, ordonnée par Brejnev, Andreï Filipov, éminent chef d'orchestre du Bolchoï, a été congédié et humilié publiquement par l'administrateur Gavrilov. Trente ans plus tard, devenu concierge au Bolshoï, Andreï ronge son frein. Sa chance tourne le jour où il intercepte un fax provenant du théâtre du Châtelet à Paris, qui requiert l'orchestre pour une seule soirée, dans deux semaines. Andrei forme alors un projet audacieux: réunir ses anciens collègues, qui vivent maintenant de petits boulots, et les emmener avec lui en France en les faisant passer pour les vrais musiciens du Bolshoï. Gavrilov accepte de les accompagner en tant que gérant de tournée; d'une part pour se racheter, d'autre part pour raviver un projet secret qui lui tient à coeur. De son côté, Andreï, qui souhaite interpréter le concerto pour violon de Tchaikovski, insiste auprès du directeur du Châtelet pour que la soliste soit la réputée Anne-Marie Jacquet. Cette dernière accepte, malgré les objections de son agente Guylène, qui connaît trop bien les véritables motifs de l'ex-maestro. [(c) Médiafilm] [SDM]
Publisher: [Montréal] : Films Séville, c2011.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min) :,son., coul. ;,12 cm.


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Feb 08, 2018

This is a ridiculous movie and yet so moving. The janitor used to be the conductor of the orchestra and he catches a fax inviting the current one to play in France. Off go the hijinks to fill an orchestra and connect with a young woman, now a famous violinist, to try and link her to her past. Full of stereotypes, somewhat predictable yet moving nevertheless.

Dec 14, 2017

Directed by Radu Mihăileanu in 2009, this French dramedy cuminates in the concert, which has a wobbly beginning due to the lack of rehearsals then manages to reach the conductor's ideal of spontaneous harmony once the solo violinist mesmerizes everyone with her magnificent interpretation of the solo part, which she had studied on her mother's annotated score.
The musical work has a central role in the film.
Played during the final scene is the Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 by Tchaikovsky.
Also included on the soundtrack are classical selections by Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Khachaturian.
If you're a music lover---Tchaikovsky in particular, this is a must-see.

Nov 04, 2016


Oct 05, 2016

A musical mission impossible full of delightful suspense.
Survivors/Rocky elevated by sharp satire of ex-USSR and French bureaucracy/politics.
For those who enjoy this film, watch Marguerite, a French take on the life/career of Florence Foster Jenkins.

Sep 23, 2013

Great movie! The story is good,uses humor wisely and conects wonderfully with music. I loved the final scene.

yhgeisler Jul 02, 2012

This is a gem. Hilarious, tragic, and uplifting. Insight into life in pre- and post-communist Russia as well as an antic behind the scenes glimpse of the music world.

Mar 04, 2012

Such a wonderful movie!! I laughed, I cried. Although I didn't believe the first half of the movie was outstanding, the last half more than makes up for it. The final concert fulfills all one's hopes. I can't recommend this highly enough.

Nov 23, 2011

The indiscipline members of the orchestra cause a few suspend moments. They are successful to prove their worth at the end. It could not happen in reality. It's for dreamers!

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