The Audition (Das Vorspiel)

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It may occasionally veer into discordant territory, but The Audition remains a darkly illuminating character study led by a forceful turn from Nina Hoss.

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Release date: Jun 26, 2020

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Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music high school. Despite the opposition of all the other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a boy in whom she detects a remarkable talent. She will work with Alexander with great dedication and prepares him for the midterm exam -- neglecting her son Jonas at the same time. From her husband, the French violin maker Philippe Bronsky, she distances herself more and more. Her colleague Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet. When she fails during their joint concert the pressure mounts. With Alexander now her vehicle, she drives him ever onwards and upwards. Come the day of the exam events take a tragic turn...

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Critic Reviews for The Audition (Das Vorspiel)

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (7)

  • "The Audition" may not have the same lingering resonance, but like those earlier pictures, it's a showcase for a performer who erases the distinction between impeccable technique and raw feeling.

    June 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Eventually, these feelings spin the film's main character out-of-control into a truly baffling conclusion that feels neither right nor earned.

    June 26, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A treat that becomes a chilling enthrallment, one of those closely observed dramas you love -- for its intimacy, calm authority and mystery -- even before you begin to get what it's really about.

    June 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Hoss's work is impeccable and illuminating, and the movie's foursquare, frank, brisk approach is salutary. But its final scenes lean into triteness and frustrating evasiveness...

    June 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Weisse's gripping, cool-blooded drama upends all manner of inspirational-educator clichés.

    September 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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  • Seen purely as a character study, this one works.

    September 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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