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On e of my favorite films about the music world in Europe.
Abusa das coincidências e, por vezes, até de estereótipos, mas demonstra um belo coração, entregando um bom filme.
This Franco-Russian jewel is a very weird combination of extremely funny and ridiculous scenes with absorbingly emotive moments. Melanie Laurent is magisterial (with only a few minutes on screen). One of my favorite movies of all time.
I love a good dramady and this fits right in. The giddiness builds to fine melodramatic ending.
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.
This is a movie that's more concerned with being a crowd-pleaser than it is concerned with telling a compelling story that focuses on the anguish a musical director must feel when his biggest passion is taken away from him for over 30 years. I think the film's plot mainly revolves around Andrei's obsession with getting the concert up and going rather than the torture of being away from the music he's loved for over 30 years. The film also tells the story of how Lea, Anne-Marie's mother, was driven mad by what happened when the concert was stopped halfway through. This part of the film I found to be a little ridiculous and overly melodramatic. She lived the rest of her life, as she was arrested by the KGB and made to work in a forced labor camp with her husband, obsessed with Tchaikovsky and pretending to be playing the violin. Thankfully, they left this reveal until the very end so it couldn't have made much of an impact on what has already happened, but it was a really silly attempt at melodrama. The rest of the movie is definitely hit and miss with the comedy not always clicking and feeling really broad. But I think the film makes up for this with a good cast and an incredible climax. The concert itself is pretty much the highlight of the film. You don't have to like classical music in order to appreciate the artistry and the beauty in display during this concert. There's this emotional release, and perhaps that's the wrong term but that's the closest thing I can come to describing it, when you see the orchestra completely shattering everyone's expectations and putting on a beautiful display of music. And they let this concert go on for a while, they don't cut it down to fit a 3 minute window. They let it go on for at least 10 minutes, maybe even more. They let it have the time it deserves in order to give it the most impact. And, again, it is tremendous and definitely the highlight of a hit and miss movie. It's just that the film had problems with its identity. It wasn't sure if it wanted to be a drama or a comedy. It had to be one or the other in this case instead of successfully mixing the two. Not letting the drama undercut the comedy and vice versa. Still, this is a movie that's meant to be a crowd-pleaser more than anything else and it's a pretty good one at that.
The old-fashioned narrative makes this film sounds way much lengthy.
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.
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