Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Hilary and Jackie (1998)
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Eye-grabbing performances from Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, who portray celebrated British cellist Jacqueline Du Pre and her older sister, Hilary, distinguish this ambitious but flawed biography, the debut feature from Anand Tucker.
Watson's performance is virtuoso: passionate, sensitive, impressionable and sometimes grotesque; and she's well matched by the subtle Griffiths and vibrant Morrisey.
A flawed but powerful Shine-esque tale of love, music, and madness!
The story is told in such a chopped-up way that it often seems pointless and certainly devoid of much-needed editing.
"Hilary and Jackie" is either an incredibly complex movie or an incredibly confusing one. Since I can't seem to make up my mind which one it is, I guess I'll have to cast my vote for confusing.
Watson is a mercurial presence with huge, nervous baby eyes, and when she cuts loose, an otherwise conventional film shudders with anxiety.
Audience Reviews for Hilary and Jackie
The du Pre sisters played by a couple of fine performers. I imagine that sisters will get the most out of the experience but it I certainly enjoyed it.
Interesting biopic of two musical sisters. I don't follow the world of classical music, so I had never heard of Jackie du Pre. The movie does make you care for her and the waste of her life cut short by MS.
A modest, occasionally gorgeous bio pic with fantastic performances by Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths. The same story told twice device (pardon the rhyme) cleverly offers insight into Jackie's character. She's really not a self-involved bitch, she's understandably jealous of the simple life Hilary has going for her. It sounds rather obvious on paper, but it really comes through on film. I would have liked to learn more about Rachel Griffth's husband's character, but hey, there's not who the film chooses to focus on. Emily Watson is an amazing actress (see: Breaking the Waves) and she flaunts her stuff in a showy role, without overdoing it. To her credit, Rachel Griffiths plays her supporting role straight, and shines simply for taking the back seat.
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