Highly Strung (2015)
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Critic Reviews for Highly Strung
Fascinating, surprisingly absorbing documentary about the formation of the new Australian String Quartet...But what starts out as a straightforward doco morphs into Spinal Tap With Strings when personality differences threaten to break up the band.
When they have to return the Guadagninis, it's like they're surrendering a loved child, and the extreme emotion is either heart-rending (if you're a devotee of classical music and high culture) or perhaps ever-so-subtly funny.
Hicks was there at the right time and place to capture some truly weird and remarkable twists and turns amongst the ensemble. As they say, "you couldn't make this stuff up".
The film is rarely staid and it is ego, whether endowed by the instruments or not, that often shines through in the overly busy structure that leaps from one tangent to the next.
Music lovers will find plenty to enjoy in this intriguing film.
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