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The Concert (Le concert) (2010)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 8

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Twenty-five years after losing his position as the conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra for his refusal to fire the Jewish musicians, a once-famous musical director attempts to stage a late-career comeback. Andreï Semoinovitch Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) was at the top of his game when the Soviet regime ended his career. More than two decades later, he's working as a janitor in the same theater where he once conducted. In his spare time, Andreï and his wife stage mock communist demonstrations to

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (24) | DVD (1)

"The Concert" builds beautifully from a farcical premise that requires a suspension of disbelief to a musical climax that washes away our cynicism in a wave of honest tears.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"The Concert" is manipulative, overly sentimental, sometimes ludicrous and almost completely irresistible.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Benefits from clever editing and a credible cinematic representation of the ineffable power of music to ignite the human spirit. Sadly, the magic is way too long in the making.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The Concert was so unfunny, I had to consult to make sure that it was indeed listed as a comedy.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It ends in a place of transcendent emotion that sends everyone out of the theater in a swirl of transport.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's as if the movie simmers unevenly for an hour and a half, and suddenly bursts into glorious flame.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The Concert is never quite as meaningful as it makes itself out to be. That's not to say it isn't entertaining and even occasionally moving.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Por su humor absurdo, su emotivo final y el encanto de sus personajes, El Concierto tiene todos los ingredientes para convertirse en la "feel-good-movie" del año.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

"The Lives of Others" as seen through the feel-good filter of "Mr. Holland's Opus" - a struggle of creativity against oppression with more of the merrily made music that touchingly triumphs over adversity.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source:

[C]rammed with so much Hollywood feel-good that a studio remake is surely just around the corner... It's all entirely preposterous, and very lovely...

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The drama and the comedy often don't fit together, but The Concert is so endlessly good-natured that you keep watching regardless.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

I was annoyed by the thickness with which it layers on the schmaltz and the obviousness with which it tells its jokes.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

At the end of the concerto, the concert hall resounds with applause, and Gavrilov utters the film's next-to-last word: "Amen." The final word? "Bravo." That's my judgment as well.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Like an overanxious cymbal player, crashing out of control throughout the symphony, there's so much peripheral noise that we can barely hear the music of the piece. But please ... don't play it again, Samski.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online
Indie Movies Online

It's not often we get to see a true Russian farce.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

It's a sweet-natured, agreeable-enough diversion, with just enough high culture, rowdy comic relief and flirtations with historical import that it's comfort food for art-house patrons of a certain age.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

A 'Concert' not worth attending.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Amiable enough if underwhelming.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

Concert leaves a winning impression. Had the rest of the film matched the closer's sincerity, there might've been something truly remarkable to celebrate here.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Concert (Le concert)

A Russian composer arranges a reunion of blacklisted musicians to perform one concert in France.
This film is nice but predictable. The third act reveal is obvious from the first moment, but that doesn't change the fact that some of the clashes of cultures are entertaining. Melanie Laurent is lovely and brings some depth to a cliched role.
Overall, you know what's going to happen at the end, but The Concert is nonetheless not a bad time at the movies.
June 13, 2013
Jim Hunter

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Undeniably good-looking, at times funny, always loud and very (and I mean very) over-the-top. Valeri Barinov, Anna Kamenkova and Dimitry Nazarov are the standouts among the cast. Sadly, this film disappoints terribly. It's incoherent, it's oh-so-melodramatic, it has plot holes the size of the Eiffel Tower and it relies heavily on Aleksey Guskov's performance, which is pretty damn bad. Basically, it starts off great but, halfway, it starts to go downhill at an alarming pace.
January 11, 2011
"The Concert" starts with another good reason for cell phones being banned as Andrey's(Aleksey Guskov) goes off, interrupting the rehearsal of the prestigious Bolshoi Orchestra. In revenge for his being prohibited from rehearsals, Andrey, a lowly janitor, intercepts a fax meant for management from the Chatelet Theatre in Paris seeking a replacement for the Los Angeles Philharmonic who had to cancel due to the Stanley Cup Finals.(Go Kings!) Once a famed maestro, Andrey puts together a plan to substitute his own orchestra, using musicians once banned by the Party and ironically employing Gavrilov(Valeriy Barinov), his former nemesis, as his go-to guy. At firs,t things go well, as they get Anne-Marie Jacquet(Melanie Laurent) to be their soloist over the objections of Guylene(Miou Miou), her agent. But everything else had better go as planned or Irina(Anna Kamenkova Pavlova), Andrey's wife, will show Gavrilov a thing or two the KGB never dreamed of.

One of the earliest and most common plots involves putting on a show, especially if it involves huge odds. That's certainly true with "The Concert" but it is interested less in overcoming the obstacles(it would have been nice to have seen more of the musicians' adventures in Paris), than in some of the crimes committed by the government of the Soviet Union. So, it is kind of weird that twenty years after a change of management in Russia, that none of the musicians have been properly rehabilitated. Whether that's the fault of the film or the country, it is hard to say, even if there are some details here about modern day Russia. After all of the confusion and contrivances, there is an ending and with it a glorious climax, existing simultaneously in the past, present and future.
May 31, 2012
Walter M.

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Le Concert, a French/Russian movie, had everything, great music,good script, and some of the best performances was put here on screen. Le Concert was a movie, that reached all levels, entertaining, funny, dramatic, and also allowed the viewer to see inside the character's hearts and souls. It managed to show one of the most intense and emotional musical climax in movies .In the end, it was the music that conquer and free the main character from his demons, and allowed him to reach for the stars and fulfilled his dreams. Director Mihaileanu put plenty of laughs into the plot and his marvelous direction kept things moving with a nice pace. Most of the band musicians came in as stereotypes, but that was just the funny part.I must say that Le Concert was an uplifting and very enjoyable movie.
October 24, 2010
Daisy Maduro

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