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The Concert (Le concert) Reviews

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hunterjt13
hunterjt13

Super Reviewer

June 13, 2013
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.
Fernando Rafael Q

Super Reviewer

July 31, 2010
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.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

May 31, 2012
"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.
mvieaddict
mvieaddict

Super Reviewer

October 24, 2010
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.
kylemydude
kylemydude

Super Reviewer

July 21, 2010
Radu Mihaileanu's third film is a very touching and beautiful little gem. Melanie Laurent is also one of the most beautiful women in my eyes, and I really like her as an actress. Newcomers Aleksey Guskov, Dmitri Nazarov, and Valeriy Barinov all delivered exceptional performances. Famous French stars Francois Berleand and Miou Miou also star, alongside Lionel Abelanski, the main protagonist of Mihaileanu's first feature, "Train of Life." Don't miss this touching, musically themed bilingual French/Russian film.
April 25, 2013
proof that music crosses age, racial and political divides. the preparation is funny, especially the "KGB" manager, but it's Sacha and Filipov who are the most endearing characters in this movie about being lost, forgotten, and suddenly, redeemed.
GabrielKnight
November 22, 2012
I'm puzzled why this movie has so many 5-star reviews. It was funny alright and gave me a few chuckles but it was too silly, melodramatic, and full of stereotypes that I've seen too many times before to even laugh at.
April 7, 2014
I love a good dramady and this fits right in. The giddiness builds to fine melodramatic ending.
March 13, 2014
This film is about ex-musicians who are just as down and out as their Russian country, but happen on random chance to resurrect themselves and their art and they leap at the chance. How it plays out is pretty standard with obstacles, character bits that youve seen before, but what its colored with, how its put together, and the core of the film give it strong merit. Its all a reflection and statement about modern-day Russia and its issues, intrinsic and passing. Its shot beautifully, full of interesting locales and colors. The acting is solid and with depth, especially out of the two leads--Laurent showing how much more capable she is than her imitation of Thurman in Inglorious Basterds. The best moment though comes at the end, a literal and metaphoric culmination for the characters, yourself and, most importantly, art. Its emotionally charged, powerful and absolutely gorgeous. This is definitely a high brow film and for art lovers, especially those who have Russian roots or a great grasp on Russian history and society.
January 8, 2014
Incredible! I watched it two times and would see it again. Tchaikovsky's Violin concerto is a favorite, and the way it fits into the story is mesmerizing and inspiring. Thumbs up!
May 12, 2012
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto is beautiful. So, I mean, last 15 minutes alone is sufficient for.
September 30, 2013
Though sentimental and sweet, "Le Concert" isn't sickeningly so, as it has a good amount of realness and ultimately builds to a musical climax that's worthy of breathlessness. It isn't perfect -- it's a bit uneven and the screenplay isn't always strong -- but it makes up for its faults with excellent performances and style that looks as bright and beautiful as a Christmas Tree.
One thing that's worthy of applauding is the plot, which most would expect to find in a movie from decades ago, not in the 2000's. Andre? Filipov (Alexei Guskov) was once a successful Russian conductor, but in his prime he was ruined by the Soviet regime due to the fact that most of his orchestra was Jewish.
That was 25 years ago, and in the present he spends his days working as a janitor for the theatre he once played in. But things change when he accidentally comes across an invitation from France for the Russian orchestra to play at the Théåtre du Chåtelet. The orchestra that he's been watching all these years in his opinion, is terrible, so he decides to round up his old one instead.
"Le Concert" is human enough to the point where you watch, and really pray to God that everything will work out. Andre? is such a kind man, and his sidekick, the teddy bear-ish Sasha (Dmitriy Nazarov), has such a warm smile that you can't help but want him to be happy.
After all, this unfortunate group of people had their success snatched away from them, which truly is tragic, and deeply unfair. For them to get the chance to get a standing ovation once again to us, already seems like a big moment, but to them, it could turn their life around for the better.
Radu Mihaileanu, who directs with a steady eye on detail and writes with bittersweet loveliness, never manipulates the audience, instead letting us get used to the situation to the point where all we can do is sit back, surrender, and enjoy the moment. The scene at the end, with contains an awesome, prolong, and sharply edited orchestral playing, features such filmmaking gold that it in itself is enough of a reason to see the film, as well as Mélanie Laurent's ultra-convincing fake violin playing.
"Le Concert" is a fine example of simplistic filmmaking that can turn into so much more. As the film unfolds, we're shown layers of drama, comedy, and musicality that's inspiring. All in all, it's a delicious treat.
June 23, 2013
Better than most American made movies. The movie is hilarious and moving at the same time. And the music is fantastic if you love classical music.
September 11, 2012
Excellent!, Music and history are wonderfull
August 7, 2012
A vu Le Concert. A failli chialer 3 fois.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

May 31, 2012
"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 11, 2012
I love the movie as a classical music lover, u dont see often movies that are so meaningfull without many words or actions. here the plot develops through the music, and the pasion for music is the one that moves the caracters into achievment of their dreams.
April 6, 2012
Un film verdaderamente bueno, que usa a la música como principal protagonista y catalizador de un drama genial, las criticas al comunismo y al capitalismo, las referencias al orgullo, al arte y al recuerdo del pasado, así como al intento de redención y la lucha por un sueño truncado, la hacen fantástica, bastante disfrutable... actuaciones muy buenas, aunque algo utópico, el final es excelente...
March 31, 2012
Excelente película, la parte de "comedia musical" es enormemente favorecida por las piezas de música clásica que se presentan. Un inigualable final...
March 13, 2012
A bit slow, but The Concert is definitely a movie for orquesta/classic music lovers. It's hard to like the orquesta people when they act like if they didn't give a shit all time, but the dramatic story behind the protagonists mixed with a passionate music performance at the end is good enough to deliver the feeling. Not really funny at all, though.
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